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25 March 21

The PCI Security Standards maintaining payment security

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global organisation that maintains, evolves and promotes PCI standards for the safety of cardholder...

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11 March 21

The Spunta project – blockchain for Italian interbank reconciliation

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Spunta Banca distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a project promoted by the Italian Banking Association (ABI) and coordinated by ABI Lab. It has been fully operational...

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25 February 21

European payments: looking back and ahead

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The European payment landscape is going through a considerable transformation due to technological developments, entry by new actors and regulatory changes. We interviewed...

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11 February 21

The opportunity for the LEI in 2021

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is the body responsible for managing the implementation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) - a unique global identifier...

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26 January 21

Instant payment environment in Slovenia

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Since November 2020, the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme has been in use in Slovenia, where six payment service providers (PSPs) have joined the scheme to...

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15 December 20

SRTP: the newest EPC scheme

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. On 30 November 2020, the European Payment Council (EPC) launched the first version of its Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Request-To-Pay (SRTP) scheme rulebook. The SRTP...

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19 November 20

The Nordic Payments Council is creating the new Nordic payment schemes

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Nordic Payments Council (NPC) developed the first Nordic payment schemes, based on and close to the European Payments Council’s (EPC) Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)...

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04 November 20

Country profile: cashless Iceland

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. Did you know that bank cards are ubiquitous in Iceland and that local banks are all involved in projects to increase public awareness on the importance of financial literacy?...

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22 October 20

The new Retail Payments Strategy for the EU

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) initiative has been a key enabler for the integration of the retail payments market in the European Union (EU): the development of...

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07 October 20

ECB takes steps to ensure pan-European reach of instant payments

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) Governing Council, in line with the European Commission’s (EC) objectives, has taken an important move towards the full reach of instant...

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23 September 20

Country profile: digital and instant payments are the norm in Estonia

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. We continue our series of European payment landscapes with a profile of Estonia. Estonia is a frontrunner for card payments, and its PSP community was among the first to...

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09 September 20

EPI: towards a new European payment solution?

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. In early July a group of major European banks announced the launch of the European Payments Initiative (EPI) with the aim of creating a unified payment solution for consumers...

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13 July 20

UK’s rollout of Confirmation of Payee

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. After a few years in development, a new Confirmation of Payee (CoP) system was rolled out last month by UK banks. In short, the CoP enables consumers to see whether the...

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10 June 20

SRTP scheme – facilitating a seamless way to pay within SEPA

On 2 June 2020, the EPC launched a three-month public consultation on the rulebook for the new SEPA Request-to-Pay (SRTP) scheme, which will provide a new way to request a payment initiation. We interviewed the ad-hoc RTP Task Force (RTP TF) chair Jean-Yves Jacquelin to shed some light on the future...

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20 May 20

SCT Inst scheme gaining further traction in Europe

November 2017 marked a major event in an increasingly instant world: the launch of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst), which enables credit transfers in ten seconds – or less – across the SEPA. Two and a half years on, the scheme has grown significantly, and the European...

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14 April 20

AFR – the Hungarian Retail Instant Payment System

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to the European Payments Council. In order to improve the efficiency of domestic payments, Hungarian banks launched a local currency Instant Payment System (AFR) based on the SEPA Instant Credit Transfer...

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