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EPC Newsletter
March 2016 - Issue 29

The Chair's foreword

With migration to the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) all but complete, the European payments industry is now faced with several new challenges. Mostly driven by innovation, these include the global rise of Person-to-Person mobile payments and instant payments.

Inspired by this innovation, the European Payments Council (EPC) has taken the opportunity to implement some small scale innovation of its own in the form of a new look newsletter. This move is in line with the evolution of the EPC’s governance model in 2015 and its desire for enhanced stakeholder involvement and dialogue in all its activities. 

The new look newsletter, of which this is the first edition, will focus on innovation within payments and will be presented in a simpler, more dynamic format. This includes a new, re-vamped logo, shorter articles, infographics and completely new sections. For example, the ‘Country Profile’ which takes a deeper look into any given country’s payments landscape, starting, in this edition, with France.

In order to ensure the newsletter covers an overall view of the market, it will continue to include external contributions allowing others to give their views on hot payments topics. In this edition, the Electronic Payment Association® (NACHA) in the U.S. shares some updates on its Same Day ACH project showing that, on either side of the Atlantic, making payments faster in order to answer customer needs is what the financial industry is striving for.

In addition, given the hype surrounding the emergence of blockchain, the EPC, last December, gathered experts from all sides of the payment industry to determine an answer to the question of whether blockchain is a short-lived illusion or, in fact, a real game changer.

As always, the newsletter also contains information regarding the latest developments on the EPC’s various core activities including, in this edition, the consultations on the existing schemes, the brand-new SCT Inst scheme and the Card Volume.

The EPC hopes that readers find the new look newsletter informative and interesting, and looks forward to keeping them updated on these various topics throughout the upcoming consultations.

Innovation

Blockchain: a short-lived illusion or a real game changer?Experts discuss if, and how, blockchain can revolutionise payments

10.03.16

If you work in payments, it is hard to miss the ongoing discussion about the value of blockchain. While several industry initiatives have recently been launched, few compare to the hype surrounding blockchain. The question is whether it is a short-lived illusion or a real game changer? In an attempt to answer this, the European Payments Council (EPC) brought together six experts from the payment industry, and here is what they had to say.

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EPC News

New developments on the SCT Inst payment scheme: the date of the public consultation, as well as the proposed initial maximum duration and amount of an SCT Inst transaction, are revealed!

10.03.16

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Innovation

Realising the value of Same Day ACH Same Day ACH is a key part of the faster payments movement in the U.S.

10.03.16 By Scott Lang, senior vice president, Association Services for NACHA

As one of the most significant changes for the ACH Network in its 40-plus-year history, Same Day ACH is a key part of the faster payments movement in the U.S. In this article, Scott Lang, from NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® in the U.S., discusses the new Same Day ACH Rule and how it provides a ubiquitous same-day clearing and settlement capability for virtually all ACH payments.

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Policy, regulatory, and legal issues

Kick-off of the ERPB working group on e-invoicing solutions related to retail payments

10.03.16

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EPC News

The season of the EPC scheme rulebook consultations will start in April!

10.03.16

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Policy, regulatory, and legal issues

What you should know about the EPC´s response to the EBA´s discussion paperEBA seeks preliminary input to Regulatory Technical Standards in support of PSD2

10.03.16 By Ruth Wandhöfer, Chair of the EPC Payments Security Support Group

The European Payments Council shares the main positions it supports in its response to the European Banking Authority’s discussion paper. This discussion paper focused on future Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on strong customer authentication and secure communication under the revised Payment Services Directive.

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Around the web

If you missed them: a selection of interesting reports about payments

10.03.16

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Policy, regulatory, and legal issues

The EPC responds to the European Commission´s green paper on retail financial services

10.03.16

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EPC News

The Crown Dependencies will be part of the SEPA schemes geographical scope as of 1 May 2016

10.03.16

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Innovation

A step towards interoperable Person-to-Person mobile payment solutions in EuropeThree questions to Dariusz Mazurkiewicz, EPC facilitator of the stakeholders workshop on P2P mobile payments

10.03.16

The EPC newsletter team asked three questions to Dariusz Mazurkiewicz, facilitator of the stakeholders workshop on Person-to-Person (P2P) mobile payments (organised and hosted by the EPC in January 2016), to learn more about its outcome and the next steps to enhance P2P mobile payments interoperability in Europe.

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On the cards

Cards Volume: be prepared for the next consultation

10.03.16

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Country profile

The French payment landscape in a few key figures

10.03.16

In this new section, learn more about the French payment landscape, with an infographic highlighting some of its key figures. In addition, Narinda You, EPC Vice-Chair, answers questions on the latest French payment news and trends.

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