In this blog (see 'related links' below), Javier Santamaría, Chairman of the European Payments Council ( ), reiterates that European Union ( ) law effectively mandates migration to the Single Euro Payments Area ( ) by 1 February 2014 in the euro area. Santamaría recalls that the legislator; i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of the representing Member States, agreed the 1 February 2014 deadline already in December 2011. With regards to speculations entertained by some commentators that this deadline might be postponed, Santamaría clarifies: "The only party empowered to change the 1 February 2014 deadline is the legislator; i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of the representing Member States. The legislator has never indicated that it would consider such a motion. Consequently, there is only Plan A: get ready for in the euro area within the next ten months."
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