In conversation with Het Financieele Dagblad the Dutch cabinet minister stresses that PostNL is doing brisk business as an independent operator. He notes that both companies were originally state-owned monopolies, but in contrast with Belgium where the Belgian state still holds a 51% stake in Bpost the Dutch decided on a full privatisation of PostNL.
Mr Kamp points to analysts who dismiss the opportunities a merger would offer. There is little overlap between the two companies' activities meaning that few costs could be cut. Bpost is predicting the creation of 3,000 extra jobs as a result of the speeding up of parcel delivery services, though in Het Financieele Dagblad one pessimistic analyst warns that this would be the first merger to create jobs.