Intesa Sanpaolo and EBA Clearing complete first pan-European instant payment test

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Italy’s largest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, and EBA Clearing have successfully completed their first user testing activities on Dovetail’s solution for EBA’s pan-European real-time payment platform. Among the institutions funding the new EBA infrastructure, Intesa Sanpaolo is the first one to connect to the test system. The new infrastructure will provide a real-time payment processing […]

Arkéa Banking Services first to partner with fintech start-up Railsbank

Railsbank onboards first banking partner

Fintech start-up Railsbank has signed its first partner, Arkéa Banking Services (Credit Mutuel Arkéa’s subsidiary), to use its platform to deliver SEPA payment services and IBANs across Europe.

ACI Worldwide powers pan-European instant credit transfer scheme


ACI Worldwide has been named by EBA Clearing as one of the “frontrunner service providers” for the pan-European EBA SEPA Instant Credit Transfer Scheme (SCT Inst), due to go live in November 2017. The scheme will enable consumers and businesses to make euro credit transfers in real-time between accounts across an international area that will […]

European Payments Council launches SEPA Instant Credit Transfer scheme

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The European Payments Council (EPC) has unveiled its Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme. European payment service providers (PSPs) now have one year to get ready to process the first SCT Inst transactions in November 2017. Javier Santamaría, chair of the EPC, says the launch is a “new era in […]

SEPA: lighting the blue touch paper

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The single euro payments area is up and running and has proved to be a catalyst for change in the payments industry. We look at the story so far.

Allevo’s FinTP gets SEPA compliant for EximBank


Allevo’s open source application, FinTP, is now SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) compliant for EximBank (Export-Import Bank of Romania). The FinTP collaboration between state-owned EximBank and Allevo started one year ago, when the bank chose to implement the solution for low-value Euro payment instructions. EximBank now takes the partnership “one step further with the implementation of […]

EPC launches public consultation on SEPA instant payments scheme


The European Payments Council (EPC) has launched a public consultation on the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme. EPC says the proposed scheme is the “first in the world to be interoperable in a region as large as SEPA and is a response to European customer needs for faster payments”. […]

Virtual account management: time to reap SEPA

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Virtual account management (VAM) holds great promise for corporates to centralise and reduce bank accounts. Banking Technology‘s payments expert, Heather McKenzie, explains. One of the promises of the single euro payments area (SEPA) was that it would enable more efficient cash management infrastructures for the euro. In a 2014 study, Economic analysis of SEPA, PWC predicted a […]

Swift launches global reference data platform for SEPA IBAN in UK


Swiftref, Swift’s global reference data utility, has delivered the IBAN/BIC reference platform for the UK community under the guidance of Payments UK. The project was initiated in early 2015, with Swift commissioned to design and build the platform. Swift says this new Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) International Bank Account Number (IBAN) Only (Sepaio) central […]

On solid foundations: building on SEPA’s groundwork

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As the SEPA deadline has come and gone, what will be built upon its advances towards digitisation and standardisation?