The Scheme Technical Forum (ESTF) is made up of the representatives of technical players who provide services facilitating the processing of transactions under the schemes. Members of this forum include Clearing and Settlement Mechanism (CSM) organisations, technical solution providers and payment messaging services companies.
The ESTF held its ninth meeting on 22 August 2018. The approved agenda and minutes are available on this page.
During this meeting, the ESTF agreed on a formal ESTF position for each 2018 change request which the had received by the end of 2017. All received change requests had been subject to a public consultation from March to June 2018.
For defining its position, the ESTF considered the submitted input from the various stakeholders during the public consultation and the formal change proposals formulated by the working group responsible for the maintenance and the further evolution of the Credit Transfer ( ) and Direct Debit ( ) scheme rulebooks.
The ESTF further discussed the Instant Credit Transfer ( Inst) scheme implementation status at that point in time. The main topics were the Inst scheme adherence status and projections, issues from scheme participants about the current Inst processing, the interoperability between Inst scheme-compliant CSMs and current obstacles for payment end-users to use the Inst scheme.
The ESTF also shared its view on the interest from payment end-users in electronic mandates for collections and in which direction the schemes should evolve to meet future market needs after 2020.
There are still vacant seats among some categories of technical players. Application letters including an up-to-date CV in English should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.