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Around six in ten European banks believe the SEPA instant deadlines are not realistic – research

29 martie 2024

A RedCompass Labs research reveals that European banks may be underestimating what it will take to deliver SEPA instant.

RedCompass Labs recently asked 200 senior payment professionals at European banks how they feel about the upcoming regulations.  The report, “So, you think you’re ready for SEPA instant?” examined their views on the EU’s new instant payment legislation and where they are on their journey to instant payments.  

Around six in ten believe the SEPA instant deadlines are not realistic while one-third (33%) that don’t currently offer instant payments were unsure or unconfident they would be able to receive instant payments by 9th January 2025, as set out by the legislation. RedCompass Labs also find that European banks are underestimating how many payments they will need to process per second. 


Interoperable, frictionless (and soon invisible) instant payments will change lives. They will drag hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into mainstream economic activity. Soon, we will wonder how we ever managed without them. 

79 countries now offer an instant payment scheme. Nowhere can these advancements be better seen than in India and Brazil. Money flows magically from multinational businesses to tradesmen, to restaurant workers and buskers. It arrives faster than ever before and as needed, reducing working capital and risk, and enhancing financial inclusion. 

The more developed world is, ironically, behind. Despite instant payments being available for over half a decade in Europe, cards are still the de facto payment method in retail, much to the annoyance of the European Payments Council. 

But Europe is taking a huge leap forward with new legislation that will make around-the-clock instant payments the new normal. All non-cash payments in Euros will soon take no longer than 10 seconds and will be made any time of the day, any day of the year. 

This is an exciting development, but the deadlines are tight. Banks, already extremely stretched delivering the migration to ISO 20022, must be able to send and receive instant payments by the end of 2025.  

That means your internal systems must be ready to handle the increased volume and speed of transactions. You will need to cover downtime and system outages while recording and synchronizing data accurately, in real-time, across various parts of the payment system for it to be reliable. Your systems will need to be scalable, interoperable and secure. And you must consider and combat fraud. 

That’s a big ask. There is work to be done and resources to be invested to meet the deadline. Rolling out an instant payments service across all payment channels in time will be challenging, but there is optimism about the benefits and opportunities this regulation will bring. Instant, frictionless payments will become so ubiquitous and intertwined with our lives that, much like running water, we will soon find it incomprehensible how we ever lived without them. 

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Anders Olofsson – former Head of Payments Finastra

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale?