PRESS RELEASE
04/09/2002

Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg named "Bank of the Year 2002 in Luxembourg"

The UK specialist magazine "The Banker" has just awarded the title of "Bank of the Year 2002 in Luxembourg" to Dexia Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (Dexia BIL).

"The Banker" is published by the Financial Times group and covers the whole of the banking industry.

Each year, the magazine's financial analysts examine the banks in 145 countries in order to identify the best bank in each country. The criteria are based not only on the banks' balance sheet data and results but also on growth and profitability indicators, their adoption of new technologies, specific achievements in the past year and their overall strategy.

Dexia BIL already received the accolade of Best Bank in Luxembourg from "The Banker" in 2000, and its nomination again in 2002 substantiates the success of the bank's long-term strategy while underlining its strategic role within the Dexia Group.