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EMA response to HMT consultation: Setting the strategy for UK payments

In July 2012, HM Treasury published the document: Setting the strategy for UK Payments as part of a consultation on the best models for the strategy development of the payment industry. The document outlined three options:

  1. improve the functioning of the existing Payments Council,
  2. introduce a new public body to set strategy across the UK payments industry: the Payments Strategy Board,
  3. introduce a utility type statutory regulator for the payments industry.

The EMA response to the consultation outlined that the representation of innovative payment service providers can be improved considerably. Continue Reading →

ECB Consultation on security of internet payments (deadline: June 20, 2012)

The European Central Bank (ECB) is consulting on standards to increase the security of internet payments in the European Union. It has drafted recommendations that developed by the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments, SecuRe Pay. This Forum of regulators and supervisors was set up in 2011 as a voluntary cooperative initiative between authorities.

The report outlines security recommendations and best practices such as the principle of strong authentication.  Continue Reading →

EMA response to the EC Green Paper: ‘Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments’.

In January, the European Commission started a stakeholder consultation on the future of the European payments market by issuing the Green Paper: ‘Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments’. It sought responses to a series of questions with respect to card payments, interchange fees, SEPA, standardisation, interoperability and payments security.

The EMA response to the Green paper stresses that the EMA is not in favour of regulatory intervention with respect to interchange fees. Regarding possible access to the bank account by third party payment service providers, the EMA recognises that it would enable significant innovation by third party providers and the offering of added value services. Continue Reading →

EC Consultation: Green paper on EU market for card, internet and mobile payments (deadline April 11, 2012)

In January 2012, the EU Commission started a consultation on the Green Paper – Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments. The purpose is to collect information from all interested stakeholders on the existing situation of the card, internet and mobile payments market and the potential hurdles for integration at European level in these markets.

The consultation includes 32 questions to the stakeholders, which cover areas such as:

  • regulation of the multilateral interchange fee for four  party card schemes
  • card scheme rules on cross-border acquiring, co-badging, surcharging and scheme-governance,
  • standardisation, interoperability and security requirements for payments,
  • governance of the SEPA-activities in Europa.

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