PRESS RELEASE
14/03/2002

Agreement reached between Artesia (Dexia group) and Banca Lombarda - Artesia Luxembourg

Artesia (Dexia group) and Banca Lombarda have reached an agreement on the sale of 100% of the shares of Artesia Luxembourg. The agreement is subject to approval of the Central Bank of Italy. Banca Lombarda already has a significant presence in Luxembourg.