EU countries support cross-border instant payments plan

Wednesday 24 March 2021 13:47 CET | News

The EU Commission has announced that EU Council has endorsed the fully integrated retail payment system strategy that was presented in September 2020.

This strategy aims to permit payments in seconds for purchases made on the Internet and in stores around the EU. The countries want this instrument to promote EU-wide instant transfers in order to reduce their reliance on ‘large global players’ in the payment sector. On 22 March 2021, the EU Council of Ministers approved the Commission's strategy proposal. According to the EU Council, the SEPA transfer standard introduced in 2017 requires further legislative measures in order to gain greater acceptance. Initiatives to facilitate global instant payments and additional functions such as payment requests, QR codes, and ‘proxy lookup’ services should be promoted.

The EU Council is concerned about the barriers that technical infrastructure operators will create for payment service providers, which could disrupt the introduction of Europe-wide payment solutions. Furthermore, according to the panel, most domestic payment solutions based on cards or instant payments do not work across borders. The member states support the Commission's announcement that it would conduct a thorough analysis of the ongoing PSD2 implementation.

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Keywords: European Commission, Payments Europe, online payments, SEPA, PSD2
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: Europe
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