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EC Proposals for 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Regulation on Funds Transfer Information

The European Commission has today adopted two proposals in the area of Anti-Money Laundering:

  1. A directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing
  2. A regulation on information accompanying transfers of funds.

The two proposals will have a considerable impact for the industry, given the changes in scope, definitions and the proposed elimination of the Simplified Due Diligence regime. Continue Reading →

4th Annual World Cards and Payments Summit 2013

19 – 20 February 2013, Dubai UAE

Thaer Sabri, the EMA Chief Executive participated as Chairman.

The Summit was highly significant for cards and payments specialists and it brought together over 150 global leaders from payment sector across banks, mobile Operators, merchants, retailers, vendors, payment processors, consultants and regulators.

ECB consultation on security requirements for payment account access services (deadline: April 12, 2013)

Yesterday, the European Central Bank released a draft version of the Recommendations for payment account access services for public consultation. These recommendations were developed by the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments, SecuRe Pay (the “Forum”). In the Forum all the EU supervisors work together with the aim to foster the establishment of a harmonised EU/EEA-wide minimum level of security.

The draft report lists a number of Recommendations which seek to ensure that the Third Party Providers of Payment Account Access Services and the involved Governance Authorities (scheme owners) meet the following requirements: Continue Reading →

SecuRe Pay releases final recommendations on the security of internet payments

Today, the ECB released a comprehensive set of Recommendations for the security of internet payments, following a two-month public consultation carried out in 2012. The Recommendations represent the first achievement of the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments (SecuRe Pay), a voluntary cooperative initiative between relevant authorities from the European Economic Area (EEA) – supervisors of payment service providers and overseers in particular.

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