The Scheme Technical Player Multi-Stakeholder Group (STP MSG) is a dialogue channel between the European Payments Council (EPC) and representatives of technical players who provide services facilitating the processing of transactions under the EPC’s Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) payment schemes and payment-related schemes.

The STP MSG held its second meeting on 7 September 2022. The approved agenda and minutes are available on this page.

During this meeting, the STP MSG agreed on a formal STP MSG position on all EPC SEPA Request-To-Pay (SRTP) scheme rulebook change requests which the EPC received by the end of February 2022. 
These change requests had been subject to a public consultation from the end of May to the end of August 2022. For defining its position, the STP MSG considered the input submitted by the various stakeholders during this public consultation.

The STP MSG discussed the SRTP scheme implementation status at that point in time and any current obstacles for the further use of that scheme by payment end-user groups.

The STP MSG members also expressed their positions on a suggestion from a stakeholder for a one-hour downtime period for the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme when that scheme migrates on 19 November 2023 from the 2009 version of the ISO 20022 standard-based XML payment messages to the 2019 version of that same standard.

The STP MSG further discussed the SCT Inst scheme implementation status at that point in time. The main topics were the SCT Inst scheme adherence status and projections, the STP MSG member views on a need to increase the current maximum amount or even to abolish it, and the prospects and current obstacles for the further use of the SCT Inst scheme by payment end-users.

The STP MSG members reviewed the proposed EPC guidance document for payment service users on how to submit a correct structured address as of the entry-into-force date of the November 2025 SEPA payment scheme rulebooks.

The STP MSG members were also invited to share possible change requests for the 2024 SEPA payment scheme rulebook change management cycle.

The STP MSG was also informed about the status of the EPC’s SEPA Proxy Lookup (SPL) scheme and the proposed [Instant] Euro One-Leg Out Credit Transfer ([Inst] Euro OCT) arrangement rulebook.

There is still one vacant seat within one STP MSG membership category. Further information about the criteria to be a candidate, and how to apply for membership, is available in the Terms of Reference of the STP MSG. Application letters including an up-to-date CV in English should be sent to [email protected].

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