41 Dividend per share

41 Dividend per share

The gross dividends paid in 2019 (in respect of the year ended 31 December 2018) and 2018 (in respect of the year ended 31 December 2017) were € 233 million (€ 1.21 per share) and € 226 million (€1.18 per share) respectively.

A dividend in respect of the year ended 31 December 2019 of € 1.24 per share, amounting to a total dividend of € 239 million, is to be proposed at the annual general meeting of the shareholders on 30 April 2020.

In accordance with IAS 10, events after the reporting period, the proposed dividend has not been recognized as a liability at year-end.