Update EPC Plenary Meetings

Update EPC Plenary Meetings

Main decisions taken in June 2009

30 September 09

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Approval of the Business to Business Direct Debit Rulebook version 1.2

The Plenary approved the B2B Direct Debit Scheme Rulebook version 1.2 and adjacent deliverables. Version 1.2 of this Rulebook now replaces Version 1.1 as the basis for first implementation for banks who are interested in offering the use of this optional scheme. This version will be updated to reflect changes to chapter 5 and to the Internal Rules in October 2009; these changes will have no operational impact whatsoever. The B2B Direct Debit Scheme Rulebook version 1.3 will take effect on 2 November 2009, the launch date of the scheme. For further details please see the article "2-98741536BA9E5138">Open for Business. Version 1.2 of the SDD B2B Rulebook approved".

Creation of the Cards Stakeholders Group

The Plenary approved the creation of the Cards Stakeholders Group. The establishment of a representative and efficient group of stakeholders not only allows the to pre-emptively respond to expectations from both stakeholders and authorities, but will also ensure a strong co-management in the cards domain for the necessary standards and best practices for the Cards market. For further details please see the article "Get Involved! EPC establishes the Cards Stakeholders Group" in this Newsletter.

-approved Certification Authorities in support of the e-Mandates Scheme for Direct Debit

In the detailed specification of the e-Mandate Operating Model for the Direct Debit Schemes there are a number of references to approved Certification Authorities (CAs). These Third Parties need to be established in support of the e-Mandate Services. The primary role of these CAs for e-Mandate Services is to enable a practical method whereby a common trust (and hence liability) model can be put in place that supports secure message flows between the Validation Service Providers and the Routing Service Providers without having to establish bilateral agreements between all possible combinations - which would be impractical.

In order to ensure a timely and cost-effective establishment of this supporting service for e-Mandates in due time for November 2009 when the Direct Debit Schemes will be launched, the will:

(1) Publish the technical requirements and specifications for the approval of existing established CAs for the support of e-Mandate Services and specify the approval process and liability;

(2) Select a Trusted Party via an RFP process to be responsible for the set up and maintenance of a "signed" Trust-Service Status List (TSL) that contains the root public keys of all the approved CAs for e-Mandate Services. This is to ensure the trusted key exchange and interoperability with all the approved CAs for e-Mandate Services.

To view the RFP click here.

Proposed extended character set solution released for consultation of banking communities

To date, the Schemes require information included with a payment instruction to be provided using exclusively Latin characters unless banks agree to accept other characters as well. Responding to customer requirements, the is now working towards a solution that will support the use of any characters existing in the languages. The Plenary approved the proposed extended character set solution developed by the Standards Support Group for consultation of the national banking communities. For further details please see the article "It's all Greek to you? SEPA payment instruments will support all SEPA languages" in this Newsletter.

Resolution to accept the applications of Saint Pierre-et-Miquelon and Mayotte to join

The Plenary approved the application of the French territorial collectivity of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and the French departmental collectivity of Mayotte to join and, consequently, the eligible institutions located in these territories are permitted to adhere to the Schemes in accordance with the relevant adherence procedures.

Gerard Hartsink is the Chair of the .

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