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12-07-2011 By Gerard Hartsink, Chair of the EPC

Welcome to this, the first post on the newly launched European Payments Council (EPC) Blog and Discussion Board.

The EPC has today launched this blog as a platform to encourage open and industry-wide discussion around developments in relation to the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) and associated issues in the payments and banking industry. Regular blog posts, from me and other EPC office holders, will aim to keep interested stakeholders updated on news and progress towards SEPA from the EPC's perspective. Equally, we hope that many of our blog readers will get involved in the SEPA debate and have their say. Please let us know your responses and reactions to blog posts and wider views, by using the comment functionality within the blog and linking external sources to content published here.

It is our ultimate goal to inspire debate and provide a platform with access to expert opinion, which is open to a diverse audience of banking, finance, payment professionals, consulting firms and vendors, corporations and public sector organisations and any other interested parties. Your comments and opinions are therefore important to us. Over the coming weeks, some of the discussion topics you will find here will include:

  • The European Union Regulation establishing technical requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euro is in the pipeline. This forthcoming 'SEPA Regulation' is expected to define mandatory deadline(s) for migration to the SEPA payment schemes. The EPC advocates setting one end date for migration to SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit (as opposed to two separate end dates).
  • As highlighted in issues 9 and 11 of the EPC Newsletter, the consolidated 'Basel III' text published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in December 2010 contains important provisions affecting banks that provide access to payment systems for their clients or other settlement-related facilities. We will further discuss the impact of 'Basel III' on the payment sector.

To receive updates on new EPC Blog entries, please subscribe to our RSS feed. In addition to launching its blog today, the EPC has also gone live with Twitter (@EPC_SEPA) and LinkedIn profiles. This is part of a move by the EPC to make its news and views easier for anyone to find online. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest EPC news and activity.

We hope that you find these new EPC communication platforms useful. We really look forward to engaging with our stakeholders through the EPC Blog and Discussion Board going forward! The next entry will be posted on 26 July 2011.

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Previous entries

10.03.15EPC and Cards Stakeholders Group Release Version 7.05 of the SEPA Cards Standardisation Volume for Public Consultation – All Interested Parties are Invited to Provide Feedback by 5 June 2015

26.02.15SEPA Compliance in the Euro Area: Get Ready for February 2016. Act Now

10.02.15European Payments Council 2.0: the EPC Has Adapted its Structure to Further Enhance Governance and Stakeholder Involvement

26.01.15EPC Publishes the SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) Core Rulebook Version 9.0 and SDD Business to Business Rulebook Version 7.0 to Take Effect in November 2016

12.01.15European Union Regulatory Initiatives Impacting the Security of Euro Payments: the 2015 Outlook

09.12.14Update on Work Items Addressed by the Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB) Chaired by the European Central Bank: SEPA Credit Transfer, SEPA Direct Debit, Instant and Mobile Payments

25.11.14EPC Publishes Updated Versions of the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit Rulebooks to Take Effect in November 2015

06.11.14Next Steps to Create the Digital Single Market: E-invoicing Continues to Grow Spurred on by Public Policy and the Accelerating Dynamics of E-business

23.10.14The New European Commission: a Closer Look at President Juncker’s Vision for the EU Internal Market and Economic and Monetary Union

30.09.14The New European Commission is Expected to Take Office on 1 November 2014. A Recap of the Role of the European Commission in the Evolution of SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit

18.09.14Next Steps in the Area of Online Payments: Is Europe Ready for e-Identity?

28.08.14Learn More About Work Items Related to SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit to be Addressed by the New Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB) Chaired by the European Central Bank

07.08.14Summer Reading: Food for Thought on the Future of European Payments, Contributed to the EPC Newsletter by Experts Representing Various Market Segments

17.07.141 August 2014 Does Not Mark the End of the Migration Process. Get Ready for SEPA 2016. Act Now

01.07.14Participate in New EPC Poll: In Your View, Which Regulatory Initiatives Will Have the Greatest Impact on the European Payments Market Going Forward?

12.06.14PSD2: EPC Calls on EU Lawmakers to Maintain the Firewall Protecting Consumers Making Internet Payments. This Means: No Sharing of Any Personalised Security Credentials with Third Parties

19.05.14EPC Launches Three-Month Public Consultation on the Evolution of the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit Schemes. All Stakeholders are Invited to Provide Feedback by 15 August 2014

06.05.14Join the Debate on the Further Evolution of the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit Schemes: Less Flexibility, More Harmonisation? An Overview of the Options, Variations, Exceptions and Exemptions Possible in SEPA Today

15.04.14PSD2: The New Article 67, (‘Refunds for Payment Transactions Initiated By or Through a Payee’), Proposed by the European Commission Risks Undermining Consumer’s Unconditional Refund Right for Direct Debits Included with the SEPA Direct Debit Core Scheme

25.03.14PSD2: EPC Identifies Considerable Scope for Amendments of the Proposed New Set of Rules Related to the Activity of Third Party Payment Service Providers Offering Payment Initiation or Payment Account Information Services