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EPC announces new entry-into-force time of the 2023 EPC SEPA instant credit transfer rulebook preceded by a SEPA-wide downtime period

On 27 October 2022, the European Payments Council (EPC) announced that they have published version 1.1 of the 2023 EPC SEPA Instant Credit Transfer rulebook and related document on the SCT Inst maximum amount. This version of the rulebook replaces, with immediate effect, version 1.0 of the 2023 SCT Inst rulebook, published in May 2022. … Continue Reading

FSB outlines next steps for enhancing cross-border payments

On 10 October 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the priority themes for the next phase of work under the G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-Border Payments. The FSB has also published a report on the progress made during the second year of the Roadmap. The two reports are being delivered to G20 Finance Ministers … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation amending the RTS as regards the 90-day exemption for account access

On 16 August 2022, the European Commission published Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) of 3.8.2022 amending the regulatory technical standards (RTS) laid down in Delegated Regulation 2018/389 as regards the 90-day exemption for account access. The final draft RTS introduces into Commission Delegated Regulation 2018/389 a new mandatory exemption from the requirement to apply strong customer … Continue Reading

BIS report to G20 on interlinking payment systems and the role of application programming interfaces

On 8 July 2022, the Bank for International Settlements published a report to the G20 that aims to help payment system operators and authorities understand and evaluate the benefits, challenges and risks of interlinking arrangements. In doing so, it also provides an overview of important trends in interlinking arrangements and application programming interface (API) adoption … Continue Reading

FSB interim report on developing the implementation approach for the cross-border payments targets

On 7 July 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published an interim report on the approach for monitoring progress toward meeting the targets for the G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments. The report provides preliminary recommendations about key performance indicators (KPIs) that could be used to monitor progress over time, and identifies existing and potential … Continue Reading

SRTP Scheme Rulebook version 2.1

On 30 June 2022, the European Payments Council published the SEPA Request-to-Pay Scheme Rulebook version 2.1. This latest version of the Rule book, which contains operating rules and technical elements that allows payees to request the initiation of a payment from a payer in a wide range of physical or online use cases, has no … Continue Reading

EBA responds to Commission call for advice on the PSD2

On 23 June 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) responded to the European Commission’s call for advice on the review of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The EBA’s response takes the form of an opinion and a report and offers more than 200 proposals to help develop the EU retail payments market. The PSD2 … Continue Reading

ECB speech ‘Bringing European payments to the next stage: a public-private endeavour’

On 16 June 2022, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a speech by Executive Board member Fabio Panetta entitled ‘Bringing European payments to the next stage: a public-private endeavour’. In his speech Mr Panetta discusses the EU’s retail payments strategy and the introduction of a digital euro. Key points in the speech include: SEPA has … Continue Reading

CPMI paper – ‘Extending and aligning payment system operating hours for cross-border payments’

On 12 May 2022, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) issued a final report on extending and aligning payment system operating hours for cross-border payments. The final report focuses on the operating hours of real-time gross settlement (RTGS) systems as key payment systems to enhance cross-border payments. Key points in the final report … Continue Reading

Commission launches targeted consultation on the review of the PSD2 and open finance

On 10 May 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather evidence for the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) review and to inform its work on open finance. The Commission is seeking to identify whether the PSD2 has achieved its objectives and whether amendments are needed to ensure that its rules remain relevant. … Continue Reading

EBA final report on the amendment of its technical standards on the exemption to SCA for account access

On 5 April 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a final report on the amendment to the regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) and secure communication under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The final report follows a consultation paper that the EBA published last March which set out proposed targeted … Continue Reading

UK payments regulation review

On 16 March 2022, UK Finance published the UK payments regulation review, making sense if where to go now. This report explores the impact of regulation and outlines how industry, lawmakers and regulators can work together to strengthen and enhance the UK’s payments infrastructure and regulatory and supervisory frameworks, following Brexit and in the light … Continue Reading

EBA publishes final guidelines on the limited network exclusion under the PSD2

On 24 February 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a final report containing guidelines on the limited network exclusion under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Following the publication of the PSD2 in November 2015, the EBA and the European Commission received a number of queries on the application of the ‘exclusion’ under Article … Continue Reading

Mobile Initiated SEPA (Instant) Credit Transfer Payments and Technical Interoperability Guidance

On 21 February 2022, the European Payments Council (ECP) published an updated version of its 2019 guidance on, Mobile Initiated SEPA (Instant) Credit Transfer Payments and Technical Interoperability. The updated guidance was prepared after a public consultation that took place last year and includes various updates to chapters to take into account market and technical … Continue Reading

Legislative review of the European crypto-assets “travel-rule” proposal continues

On 9 February 2022, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committees published their joint draft report  on the European Commission’s July 2021 proposal for a regulation on information accompanying transfers of funds and certain crypto-assets (the so called “travel rule” regulation). The draft report, prepared … Continue Reading

Bank of England, FCA, PRA and PSR conduct 2021 review of MoU for payment systems in the UK

On 14 February 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Bank of England (BoE) Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published a statement relating to a review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for payment systems in the UK. The MoU sets out the high-level framework that the authorities use to cooperate … Continue Reading

PSR remedies consultation for card-acquiring market review

On 26 January 2022, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published a consultation on remedies following its market review into card-acquiring services. The PSR published a final report setting out its findings from a review of the card-acquiring market in November 2021. The PSR found that the supply of card-acquiring services does not work well for … Continue Reading

Letter to Danish Financial Supervisory Authority regarding Interpretation of the Payment Accounts Directive and Negative interest rates

On 17 January 2022, the European Commission published its response to letters it had received from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) regarding the interpretation of the Payment Accounts Directive (PAD) and charging negative interest rates on payment accounts. In its letter the Commission states that it leans towards a conclusion whereby negative interest rates … Continue Reading

Payment fraud data trends

On 17 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a Discussion Paper setting out its preliminary observations on selected payment fraud data under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), as reported by the industry during 2019 and 2020. The EBA sets out in the Discussion Paper its main findings related to three payment instruments: … Continue Reading

EPC – updated rulebooks and rules

On 13 December 2021, the European Payments Council published: 2021 SEPA Direct Debit Core rulebook version 1.1. 2021 SEPA Instant Credit Transfer rulebook version 1.1. Maximum Amount for Instructions under the 2021 SEPA Instant Credit Transfer Rulebook version 1.1. 2021 SEPA Credit Transfer rulebook version 1.1. SEPA Payment Scheme Management Rules v4.4.… Continue Reading

EPC publishes 2021 Payment Threats and Fraud Trends Report

On 6 December 2021, the European Payments Council published the 2021 Payment Threats and Fraud Trends Report to create awareness on payment threats and fraud trends and help payment stakeholders decide on possible actions to prevent fraud. The following conclusions regarding payment threats and fraud enablers may be derived from this report: Social engineering attacks … Continue Reading

SEPA Request-To-Pay Scheme Rulebook

On 30 November 2021, the European Payments Council published the second version of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Request-To-Pay (SRTP) Scheme Rulebook, which is based on the comments received in response to a three-month public consultation on the proposed change requests to the first version of SRPT scheme rulebook. This SRTP scheme rulebook is composed … Continue Reading

EPC publications

On 22 November 2021, the European Payments Council (EPC) published the following: Guidance on Reason Codes: For SDD R-transactions. The EPC has released version 6.0 of the document ‘Guidance on Reason Codes for R-transactions’ in November 2021. This applies to the two current applicable 2021 Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Direct Debit rulebooks. Guidance on … Continue Reading

Eurosystem publishes new framework for overseeing electronic payments

On 22 November 2021, the European Central Bank’s Governing Council approved a new oversight framework for electronic payments. The Eurosystem oversight framework for electronic payment instruments, schemes and arrangements (PISA framework) includes an assessment methodology and an exemption policy. It replaces the current Eurosystem oversight approach for payment instruments and complements the Eurosystem’s oversight of … Continue Reading
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