“DIPLOMATIC CARD SA entrusts Atos Origin with the management of its new ‘duty-free fuel card'”

Paris, July 3rd 2008

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, has been selected by DIPLOMATIC CARD SA to ensure the management of its new co-branded Fuel card. DIPLOMATIC CARD SA has linked up with several leading oil companies for the launch of this card in Belgium and then across Europe. It will be aimed at their non-dutiable clients (diplomatic corps: embassies, consulates, international or European organisations), enabling them to buy fuel directly without paying taxes (VAT and excise tax on petroleum products).

The new ‘duty-free fuel card' offers many advantages both to the user and the Customs authorities. Each card issued in the country is national and strictly personal in scope with access codes ensuring its secured use. The card-holder no longer has to pay for the fuel on the spot or to accumulate the till receipts. For the Customs, the system offers much greater transparency in the transactions, which excludes the abuse risk and ensures that the organisations involved comply perfectly with the quotas allocated to them.

DIPLOMATIC CARD SA entrusted Atos Worldline with the complete new card management with all related services. Atos Worldline will set up a platform for processing the transactions, the authorisations management, the management of the client databases and the billing via its Worldline Invoice electronic billing solution; as well as the management of clients' contracts, and telephone support for clients via a dedicated Card Centre.

DIPLOMATIC CARD SA already signed several agreements with Oil Companies. This co-branded card will be launched across Europe in Belgium, and then in Spain, Italy, Germany and France …

At the moment, several solutions exist for purchasers exempted from paying taxes: payment by fuel vouchers, accumulating the till receipts to obtain a refund of the taxes at the end of the year and prepaid fuel cards. The first solution is due to be abandoned in the different European countries (end of 2008 in France) while the second requires a laborious and not very reliable processing input for the Customs. The third offers little visibility to the customs and may generate some abuses.

In the field of the duty free petrol, we had to combine the complex regulations imposed by the Custom Authorities, locally and on European level with a flexible and transparent service towards our clients. Our know how in the Diplomatic market enabled us to develop an “all-in” Service Fuel Card for the Duty Free Market together with Atos Worldline”, points out M.J.H Stockbroekx, DIPLOMATIC CARD SA president general manager.

After a long investigation, we came to the conclusion that because of its ability to provide a complete service, Atos Worldline is the only reliable and experimented partner on whom we can rely and entrust our know how to launch the first fuel card that will eliminate the cumbersome administrative procedures currently required for the management of fuel vouchers. We are thus providing an innovative electronic payment service in the very specific field of diplomatic institutions”, he added.

About Diplomatic Card SA
The Diplomatic Card SA has been created by the shareholders of the group who is the European leader in the supply of duty free goods to the embassies, diplomats and international organisations through her locally based daughter companies in several European countries. Diplomatic Card SA wants to offer trough this Fuel card a full service concept by linking the Fuel card as an adequate instrument to the purchase of the duty free goods connected to a bonus system based on a fidelity scheme.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5,8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For more information, please visit the company's web site at http://www.atosorigin.com

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline is a major European IT player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions. It specialises in end-to-end payment services including issuing, acquiring and developing payment technology solutions; card processing; CRM & eServices (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of EUR 654 million and employs over 4,000 people.

Press contact Atos Origin:
Emilie Moreau
Tel: +33 1 55 91 24 74
Email: emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com

Press contact DIPLOMATIC CARD SA :
Marc Stockbroekx
Email : marc.stockbroekx@diplomaticcard.com