SEPA Status – ECB SEPA Statistics – May 2014 2

As the August 2014 SEPA deadline looms, there is a keen interest from all SEPA stakeholders to understand the share of SEPA transactions as a percentage of the total volume of payments and direct debits in the SEPA zone.  Generally the SEPA implementation rate is increasing, but as this article indicates (even based on May ...

SEPA Banks Must Do Better

The recent post SEPA Holidays 2014/2015 – YOU Need To Know These Dates highlights the importance of communication and awareness in the ‘new’ SEPA world. The crux of the issue is that we have a ‘clash’ between various national public holidays along side SEPA processing days. For example, yesterday (Thursday 29th May, 2014) many European ...

3 Things You Ought To Know About SEPA BIC 4

During the course of various SEPA implementations I started to realise that the BIC (Bank Identifier Code) requirement was something to get an understanding of early. The BIC value is one which has various requirements depending on country, transaction type and bank. This post runs through the requirements and highlights three ways in which the BIC ...

EPC Launches 3 Month Consultation On the Evolution of SEPA 1

With less than 3 months to go until the 1st August SEPA deadline, today the EPC launched a 3 month consultation period on possible changes to the SEPA Credit Transfer and SEPA Direct Debit rulebooks. This post examines the details of the announced consultation period, and offers some personal thoughts around the need of this ...

SEPA Holidays 2015 / 2016 – YOU Need to Know These Dates! 6

Normally when you hear about public holidays in other countries you don’t pay too much attention, why should you? In the ‘old days’ of national clearing systems your euro currency payments and direct debit collections were processed according to your national work days and you knew exactly when there was a national public holiday. With ...

Understand ISO 20022 XML In Less Than 2 Minutes 7

ISO 20022 XML sounds pretty techie, eh? Well, it is techie. But its not as complicated as you think. Unless you’re a systems developer, chances are you don’t need to know the nuts and bolts of ISO 20022 XML. You need an understanding of what it is, and know where to go for more information. ...

What Is A Payment Factory? 8

The post “SEPA Compliance, Tick. What Next?” highlights the current status of your SEPA project and provides an overview of what might be considered next. The SEPA conversation has shifted from compliance to one of process improvement. After all, you have done so much to standardise your euro-based payments and direct debit collections, it would ...

ECB SEPA Statistics – February 2014 2

Earlier this year, we saw that the ECB stats showing SEPA migrations gathering momentum. The ECB SEPA statistics showed improved levels of SEPA compliance, but of course corporates and SME’s were far from ready. Recognising this shortfall, the European Commission proposed a 6 month transition period which was formally adopted by the Council of the ...

SEPA Compliance, Tick. What Next..? 7

Many corporates are either making good progress towards SEPA compliance, or are almost complete. The SEPA conversation has somewhat shifted from SEPA compliance to process improvement. Sure there will be a period of teething while the new SEPA process settles down, but your corporate Euro zone payments and collections landscape should look fairly similar now. ...

What Is The Biggest Thing Your SEPA Project Is Struggling With…?

This is going to be a very short post. I would like to understand from YOU, what problems YOU’RE encountering with YOUR SEPA project… Chances are I have already come across the particular problem within my own SEPA project(s), and if I haven’t then I’m sure somebody else has! If you have a solution or ...