ABN Amro, ING and SNS have already introduced the new fees and Rabobank will follow on next week, NOS said.
Banks say the monthly charge is needed to pay for the extra checks they have to make for money laundering and funding terrorism.
‘The cost for banks have risen considerably in recent years,’ Helène Erftemeijer from the Dutch banking association said. ‘Some 13,000 people are involved in this sort of research and the increasing costs are now being passed on to customers.’
Research by McKinsey for the Dutch payment association last year suggested checks for money laundering are now costing banks more than €700 million a year.
‘Companies are already dealing with the nuisance caused by banks because they are taking a stricter than necessary approach to money laundering checks, the VNO-NCW said. ‘And now they are picking up the bill as well.’
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