European Payments Council Blog and Discussion Board
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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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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
20.02.14Don't Count on 1 August 2014: Different SEPA Migration Deadlines Apply Across the Euro Area During the “Additional Transition Period” Agreed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Governments
08.11.13SEPA Fact Check: the Rationale for SEPA as Defined by the EU Governments, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank Driving the SEPA Programme and Determining the SEPA Compliance Requirements
24.10.13Conclusions Agreed at Multi-Stakeholder Workshop to Discuss Minimum Requirements for 'BIC from IBAN Derivation' Solutions for Cross-Border SEPA Transactions. European Law Mandates Transition to the 'IBAN only' SEPA Environment by February 2016
10.10.13Next Generation SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit Rulebooks Will be Published in November 2014 to Take Effect in November 2015. EPC Invites Suggestions for Changes by 28 February 2014
01.08.13Talking about SEPA to Small Businesses? Food for Thought for Public Authorities, Banks and Other Service Providers: “Keep it Simple,” Says the Owner of Dance and Gymnastics School Girlfriends (45 Direct Debit Collections per Month)