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31 October 2014

EPC Newsletter - SEPA process going forward

Joanna Wright, Fundtech: “The expansion of the internet, social media, mobile communications and smart phones, and new payment providers (…) has changed the way consumers, corporates and banks conduct business. SEPA’s mission needs to reflect this today, and change continues into the future.”

European Payments Council (EPC) published its newsletter – the Next Generation Edition. It offers a preview of upcoming developments that will shape the SEPA process going forward.
This edition of the EPC Newsletter addresses, among others, the following topics:
  • With migration to harmonised SEPA payment schemes in the euro area complete, the EPC resolved to adapt its current structure to further enhance governance and stakeholder involvement. EPC Chair Javier Santamaría introduces the new EPC governance model.

  • The European Commission will continue to play a principal role in the SEPA process going forward. EPC takes a closer look at President Juncker’s vision for the European Union (EU) internal market and Economic and Monetary Union.

  • According to the Commission’s ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’, eID and electronic trust services are central building blocks of the digital single market. ECB's commentator provides an overview of the key provisions included with the new ‘Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market’, and reflects on its possible effects for the European payments industry.

  • The authors of the article ‘Tensions in Cyberspace: Competing Priorities and Legislative Initiatives in the Online Payments World’ discuss the interaction of key pieces of EU payments legislation that were recently adopted or are now in the pipeline, including the proposed revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). They consider, in particular, aspects relevant to the security of online payments.

  • The European Court of Justice has recently ruled that interchange fees are permitted if they provide benefits to merchants. Concluding the regulatory round up, EPC's guest contributor analyses the implications of the Court’s decision for interchange fees in Europe.

  • Last but not least, EPC provides an overview of the modifications to the next generations SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit Rulebooks.


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