On 3 December 2008, the European Commission (Commission) cleared the acquisition of Fortis Bank Belgium, Fortis Banque Luxembourg and Fortis Insurance Belgium by BNP Paribas (BNPP). The proposed acquisition is subject to BNPP's commitment to sell off BNP Paribas Personal Finance Belgium SA/NV (PFB), in order to address concerns over customer choice for credit cards. In the absence of that divestment, the merged entity would become by far the largest player in the field of credit cards in Belgium. This acquisition follows the Commission's approval of the support package granted between 29 September 2008 and 5 October 2008 by Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to Fortis Bank and Fortis Bank Luxembourg. The Commission commented that it anticipated that the acquisition by BNPP was likely to assist Fortis Bank return to long-term viability.