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14 The SCF does not apply to transactions without a guarantee of payment, such as Germany’s ‘Elektronisches Lastschriftverfahren’, ELV. ELV is an electronic debit procedure where customers identify themselves by PIN rather than signature and is viewed by the German credit services sector as being unguaranteed as it is in direct competition with their electronic cash and POZ (point of sale without guarantee of payment) systems. Equally, the SCF does not address electronic purses such as Germany’s GeldKarte.

This was followed by the instruction that, from 1 January 2007, banks would reject cross-border euro transactions and charge for the return of the transaction if the IBAN and BIC were missing. This bank response came out of the Brussels meeting in April 2002 when 42 major European banks, along with other key banking associations, came together to discuss how to implement 5 EU Regulation 2560 mandated this for credit transfers valued under € 12,500 from 2003, increasing to € 50,000 from 2006. JWBK145-INT JWBK145-Skinner 8 March 8, 2008 10:32 Char Count= 0 The Future of Finance after SEPA country check code number bank GB 19 LOYD sort code & account number 3096 1700 7099 43 Examples of European IBANs: Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Gibraltar Greece Iceland Ireland AT611904300234573201 BE62510007547061 DK5000400440116243 FI2112345600000785 FR1420041010050500013M02606 DE89370400440532013000 GI75NWBK000000007099453 GR1601101250000000012300695 IS140159260076545510730339 IE29AIBK93115212345678 Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland UK IT40S0542811101000000123456 LU280019400644750000 NL39RABO0300065264 NO9386011117947 PL60102010260000042270201111 PT50000201231234567890154 ES0700120345030000067890 SE3550000000054910000003 CH9300762011623852957 GB19LOYD30961700709943 Figure 1 International Bank Identification Code Structures Source: APACS the demands for IBAN, BIC and Regulation 2560.

Originally, any non-SEPA compliant national schemes were then meant to have been closed down at the end of 2010, although this has been modified to being the date by which SEPA is ‘irreversible’. This means that it has reached critical mass and that, within the Eurozone, it is mandatory for SEPA-compliant SCT and SDD instruments to be used for any euro payments, as well as compliance with the SCF and SECA principles. 3 The Payment Services Directive (PSD) As part of developing a Single Payments Area for Europe, there also needs to be a legal framework in place that harmonises the products and services around SEPA.

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