1) Dariusz, how did the workshop go? What was its main focus?
It was great to see that the workshop attracted around 80 participants from all parts of Europe and from a wide variety of backgrounds and job roles, including banking and non-banking payment service providers, telecoms operators, mobile payment solution providers, software developers, and consultants. The ’s objective was to organise an open and transparent workshop in which all stakeholders who could demonstrate a relevant interest in mobile payments could participate.
The diversity of backgrounds of the participants was one of the greatest assets of the workshop, yet it also turned out to be a challenge. We needed to ensure that we all had a basic common understanding of the objectives we wanted to pursue.
We built the workshop around the recommendations of the ERPB Working Group on P2P mobile payments. Among other topics, we discussed:
- the development of a set of rules and standards (framework) related to joining and using pan-European mobile payment services;
- the set-up of a governance structure, most notably responsible for defining, publishing and maintaining the framework;
- the implementation of a standardised proxy lookup () service which allows mobile payment data (proxy and IBAN) to be exchanged among mobile payment solutions on a pan-European level.
2) Did the workshop yield any specific results? What is the next step?
I am happy to say that the participants of the workshop agreed on the establishment of a steering committee. It will be the first step towards the creation of a Forum, which will focus on pan-European interoperability in the field of mobile payments, and in particular on the set-up of a pan-European service. This steering committee will also need to make various governance related decisions with regard to this Forum. For example, should the Forum be informal or formal? What will the eligibility criteria to join it be? Who will fund the Forum? etc. These are some of the questions the steering committee will work on, as well as some open issues identified during the workshop. The steering committee is likely to meet for the first time this spring, and will provide a first status report at the meeting in June 2016.
3) More generally, what would the pan-European interoperability of mobile payment solutions bring to the European consumer? Why is it important for Europe to achieve this interoperability?
The harmonisation of all types of payment within ensures a consistent user experience, anywhere in the area. Achieving pan-European interoperability of mobile payment solutions will ensure that any person (payer) in Europe will be able to make a payment in euro with a mobile device, in a secure and simple way, to any other person (payee) in Europe regardless of the service(s) the payer or payee is registered to. Moreover, following the implementation of the SEPA Credit Transfer Instant payments scheme, these types of payments could soon also be executed instantly on a pan-European level. Interoperability of mobile payment solutions would furthermore contribute to the harmonisation of mobile payments, which is one of the regulators’ areas of focus, in order to support the broader objective of making the euro a single and fully operational currency, in any of our day-to-day payment situations.
* Polski Standard Platności is a company formed by the six biggest Polish banks: Alior Bank, Bank Millennium, Bank Zachodni WBK, mBank, ING Bank and PKO Bank Polski, providing their customers with an intuitive mobile payments service - BLIK. BLIK enables customers to make eCommerce and retail payments, withdraw cash from ATMs and make interbank instant transfers to other customers using mobile banking apps. The company runs a Polish mobile payments scheme open to all banking applications of participating banks.
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