News archive

10 December 2015 Lietuvos Bankas, the Lithuanian central bank, joined the pan-European euro retail payment system STEP2 as a direct participant on 7th December 2015 with a view to extending full SEPA reach to the local banking community. To read the press release, pleaseclick here. 

01 December 2015 New volume record for STEP2 SCT: more than 30 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 platform on 1st December 2015. 

19 October 2015 The presentation slides shown at the EBA CLEARING community session at Sibos are now available fordownload. 

14 October 2015  EBA CLEARING has issued an updated version of its blueprint for pan-European instant payment infrastructure solution. The publication of the updated version follows an extensive consultation exercise in the third quarter of 2015. Pleaseclick hereto read the press release. To request a copy of the blueprint document, pleaseclick here. 

06 October 2015 EBA CLEARING launches RFP process for pan-European instant payment infrastructure solution: The Request for Proposal for a technical solution provider marks the next phase in the Company’s journey towards offering a pan-European infrastructure service for instant payments to payment service providers by 2018. Pleaseclick hereto read the press release. 

28 August 2015 Are you at Sibos? Join our community session "Making real-time payments a reality: EBA CLEARING’s pan-European approach" on Thursday, 15th October 2015, 14:15-15:15 (local time) in Conference Room 4. For more information on the session, pleaseclick here. 

14 August 2015 At the request of EBA CLEARING, PPI AG has delivered a questionnaire to support banks in their internal evaluation and comparison of the clearing channels they use for their SEPA payments. Banks can use this evaluation tool to establish a full picture of their current infrastructure cost as a basis for any internal re-assessments. Please[click here]to download a PDF version of this evaluation document, which can be conveniently filled in electronically. 

01 July 2015 EBA CLEARING has published a blueprint document spelling out high-level business requirements for a pan-European instant payment infrastructure solution. To read the press release, pleaseclick here. To request a copy of the blueprint document, pleaseclick here. 

15 May 2015Shareholder Representatives can access the presentation slides shown at the Shareholders Meeting by clicking[here]. A PDF version of the Annual Report 2014 can be downloaded by clicking[here]. 

12 May 2015 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 Card Clearing Service supports banks in reaping synergies from the re-use of SEPA infrastructure and interfaces. The ramp-up of this XML-based clearing service for card-initiated payments is progressing in line with the migration planning and scheduled to be completed in November 2015. Pleaseclick hereto read the press release. 

04 May 2015Hays Littlejohn took office at EBA CLEARING as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer on 1st May 2015, following his appointment by the EBA CLEARING Board on 1st November 2014. Please[click here]for the full press release. 

07 April 2015 EBA CLEARING’s SEDA Service has seen new volume peaks with over 8 million transactions in March. 

09 March 2015 EBA CLEARING announced today the kick-off of an Instant Payment Task Force to support the Company’s ongoing work on the creation of a pan-European solution for instant payment processing. Please[click here]for the full press release and[here]for the ToR of the Task Force. 

05 January 2015 New volume peaks in EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 SEPA Services: over 29 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on 30th December 2014 and more than 96.5 million SEPA Core Direct Debits were settled on 2nd January 2015. Altogether, EBA CLEARING cleared more than 115 million SEPA payments on 2nd January 2015. The historical peak remains 3rd July 2014 when EBA CLEARING cleared more than 124 million SEPA payments in one day. 

22 December 2014 In a year-end interview published today, EBA CLEARING Chairman Erkki Poutiainen and CEO Gilbert Lichter take a look back at SEPA migration and provide an outlook on the Company’s key deliverables for 2015. Pleaseclick hereto download the interview. 

03 December 2014 Peter Vance, Allied Irish Banks (AIB), has been appointed as new Chairman of the Operations and Technical Committee (OTC) by the EBA CLEARING Board at its meeting last week. He takes over the OTC chair with immediate effect. The OTC has the mission to recommend enhancements to the operational, procedural, functional and technical aspects with regard to the EBA CLEARING Systems EURO1, STEP1 and (where relevant) STEP2. 

29 September 2014 Are you at Sibos? Join our community session "What comes after SEPA?" today at 12:30 (local time) in Conference Room 1. For more information on the session, pleaseclick here. 

21 August 2014 EBA CLEARING’s payment systems EURO1 and STEP2 are among the four systemically important payment systems identified by the European Central Bank (ECB). For more information, please consult theECB press releaseissued today. 

01 August 2014Following the successful migration to SEPA, the STEP2 Irish Transfer (IET) Service was closed down yesterday as requested by the community of Irish banks that were direct participants in the service. The STEP2 IET Service was launched in October 2011 to facilitate the progressive migration of the Irish legacy payments to SEPA. 

03 July 2014 In June 2014, EBA CLEARING’s SEDA Service, a mandate alignment service used by Italian banks, witnessed a new volume record with a total of 5.5+ million transactions related to the exchange of mandate-related information. 

03 July 2014 New volume peaks in STEP2 SEPA Services: over 96 million SEPA Core Direct Debits and close to 28 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 platform on 1st July 2014. Altogether, EBA CLEARING cleared more than 124 million SEPA payments on that day. 

11 June 2014 EBA CLEARING is preparing to support additional remittance information in SEPA messages processed by its pan-European retail payment system STEP2. As the Company announced at the EBAday conference in Helsinki today, STEP2 will be in a position to handle the extended remittance information capacity that banks will be able to offer to corporate customers as an optional service from May 2015 on. Please click[here]for further information. 

10 June 2014 EBA CLEARING announced at the EBAday conference in Helsinki today that the Company is implementing a STEP2 Card Clearing Service for a go-live in April 2015. Please click[here]for further information. 

23 May 2014 In an interview with Finextra TV, Erkki Poutiainen, Strategy Manager at Nordea Bank and Chairman of EBA CLEARING, discusses the challenges of developing a global infrastructure and what future innovations SEPA could bring. To view the video, please click[here]. 

14 April 2014 The latest EBA Insight Newsletter features, among others, an interview with Eva Herskovicova, Director of Operations, on STEP2 and SEPA migration, information about the STEP2 2014 releases as well as an update on the SDD R-transaction-related activities of the SEPA Migration Action Round Table. All EBA Members and Associate Members can download a PDF version of the newsletter by clicking[here]. 

02 April 2014 EBA CLEARING clears more than 115 million SEPA payments in one day: close to 90 million SEPA Core Direct Debits and more than 25 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on the STEP2 platform on 1st April 2014. 

18 March 2014 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 clearing platform is witnessing considerable volume growth in SEPA payment processing, leading to peak day volumes above 100 million SEPA Credit Transfers and SEPA Direct Debits. This evolution reflects the accelerating pace of migration to SEPA since the beginning of the year, as confirmed by the latest ECB statistics published today. Pleaseclick hereto download EBA CLEARING's press release. 

04 March 2014 New volume peaks in STEP2 SEPA Services: over 85 million SEPA Core Direct Debits and close to 25 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 platform on 3rd March 2014. 

04 February 2014 On the first business day following the SEPA migration end-date for the Eurozone, EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 system witnessed new volume peaks in its SEPA Services: close to 68 million SEPA Core Direct Debits and over 24 million SEPA Credit Transfers were settled on 3rd February. 

02 January 2014 As of 1st January, the STEP2 third pole is fully available, providing regional resilience and the highest level of operational robustness for the STEP2 SEPA Services. The third pole was implemented on a technical platform using IBM processing facilities and is operated by SIA, the technical operator of STEP2. 

02 January 2014 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 SCT and SDD Core Services have seen new peak records: On 30th December, the STEP2 SCT Service processed more than 17 million payments while the STEP2 SDD Core Service settled today a total of over 50 million transactions. 

27 December 2013 In December, the eight biggest banks in Estonia successfully completed functional and volume tests that were organised by EBA CLEARING to support them in their preparation to migrate domestic volumes to the STEP2 platform. 

03 December 2013 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 SCT and SDD Core Services have seen new peak records: On 29th November, STEP2 SCT Service processed more than 12 million payments while the STEP2 SDD Core Service settled a total of 35 million transactions on 2nd December 2013. 

28 November 2013 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 SDD Core Service has reached a new peak record with 23 million payments processed on 28th November 2013. 

23 November 2013 On 23rd November 2013, the STEP2 third pole testing was successfully completed with a voluntary user test involving five participants. The third pole will be fully activated in January 2014 with a view to providing regional resilience for the STEP2 SEPA Services. 

18 November 2013The STEP2 February 2014 release is now available in the STEP2 Test & Training environment. Banks can test the new release with the support of the Stand-alone Testing Partner (SATP) tool provided by EBA CLEARING. 

15 November 2013 Today, the first banks connected to the STEP2 platform via EBICS (Electronic Banking Internet Communication Standard), which had been successfully implemented on the STEP2 platform. This offers the Direct Participants an additional option for their connection to the STEP2 central system – in addition to SWIFTNet and SIANet. 

04 November 2013On 1st November, the STEP2 SDD Core Service saw a new daily record volume peak with almost 15,000,000 transactions settled on that day. 

02 November 2013 Close to 2,600 BICs were activated for the SDD Core Scheme Option D-1 (“COR1”) on the STEP2 platform today. Altogether, 2,688 BICs from several European countries are now able to use COR1 via STEP2. BICs reachable for COR1 are listed in the “SDD Core Reachable PSPs list” available in theSDD section. 

23 October 2013 EBA CLEARING announced today that major German banks have started the migration of bilateral transactions to the STEP2 platform. For more information, pleaseclick here. 

01 October 2013 EBA CLEARING launched the new STEP2 release in September 2013. The STEP2 SCT Service settled for the first time its 16:00 CET cycle on 30th September 2013. 

19 September 2013 The STEP2 and the MyBank slides shown at the EBA CLEARING Special interest session at Sibos are now available fordownload. 

18 September 2013 EBA CLEARING’s STEP2 platform passes the mark of 2 billion SEPA payments processed. STEP2 is at the heart of the SEPA volume ramp-up, witnessing strong traffic growth in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. For more information, pleaseclick here. 

16 September 2013 Emirates NBD, one of the largest banking groups in the Middle East in terms of assets, will connect to STEP1 through its London subsidiary in the final quarter of 2013. For more information, pleaseclick here. 

16 September 2013 EBA CLEARING and SWIFT announced today that the revamped version of the EURO1/STEP1 Directory will be launched on 21st October 2013. Over the past few months, EBA CLEARING has significantly enhanced the Directory in terms of functionality and usability in close co-operation with SWIFT’s SWIFTRef team and a working group composed of EURO1/STEP1 Participants. For more information, pleaseclick here. 

20 August 2013 The STEP2 platform celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Check out our STEP2 videos which explain why the platform has become a major building block of SEPA byclicking here. 

12 August 2013 The comments of EBA CLEARING on the public consultation on the draft ECB Regulation on oversight requirements for systemically important payment systems are available now. Pleaseclick hereto access the full document. 

06 August 2013 In July 2013, the STEP2 platform witnessed a new volume record with more than 6 million transactions settled on average per day. 

08 July 2013 EBA CLEARING announced today that four major Italian payment banks and a first bank from Luxembourg went live with MyBank, the Company’s pan-European e-authorisation solution. Pleaseclick hereto download the press release. 

03 June 2013 EBA CLEARING has successfully implemented the batch processing service level in its STEP2 SDD Services. The batch processing enables banks to submit batches of payments that are already pre-sorted by receiving counterparties. Also, the multiple distribution of direct debit information throughout the day has successfully been introduced. SDD notifications files are now delivered to debtor banks six times a day. 

23 May 2013 Shareholder Representatives can access the presentation slides shown at the Shareholders Meeting by clicking[here]. 

21 May 2013 EBA CLEARING provides a central processing platform for SEPA payments. Major German financial institutions have decided to use the pan-European payment system STEP2 for clearing mass payments in Germany and Europe. Please[click here]to learn more. 

21 May 2013 EBA CLEARING has issued a call for participation in its MyBank E-mandate Pilot to banks and service providers at the EBAday payments conference in Berlin today. The aim of the pilot is to test the MyBank E-mandate solution for SEPA Core Direct Debits with regard to reliability, security and usability. Please[click here]to learn more. 

21 May 2013EBA CLEARING enhances resilience of the STEP2 platform in co-operation with SIA and IBM. The Recovery Time Objective will be reduced to two hours for the STEP2 SEPA Services and a third processing site is being created. Please[click here]to learn more. 

21 April 2013 EBA CLEARING has successfully participated in the SWIFT Cold-Start Disaster Recovery Exercise where EURO1, STEP1 and the Multilateral Netting Module of STEP2 resumed operations on the disaster recovery infrastructure within the agreed service levels. 

10 April 2013 The latest EBA Insight Newsletter features, among others, updates on the latest STEP2 and EURO1 developments and news on the first MyBank transactions. All EBA Members and Associate Members can download a PDF version of the newsletter by clicking[here]. 

08 April 2013 John Broxis, Director STEP2 Services at EBA CLEARING, will speak at the IPS 2013 - International Payments Summit on 11th April 2013 in London. He will discuss the challenges that lie ahead with regards to the upcoming SEPA Migration End-Date. 

03 April 2013 The STEP2 SCT Service witnessed a new record volume peak yesterday with more than 7.3 million payments settled in one day. 

25 March 2013 EBA CLEARING announced today the launch of MyBank, its pan-European e-authorisation solution for online payments. The solution is geared at supporting the growth of e-commerce in Europe. Twenty-eight banks will participate in the MyBank solution right from the start. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

25 March 2013 The major Italian payment banks announced today their commitment to delivering the MyBank solution to merchants, public institutions and retail customers across Italy before the end of 2013. Nine Italian banking groups, representing 27 participating institutions, were part of the launch of EBA CLEARING’s pan-European e-authorisation solution, which took place this morning. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

11 March 2013 EBA CLEARING announced today the launch of the MyBank Service Provider Program. The program supports providers that offer infrastructure, IT and mobile technology or consultancy services to the MyBank Participants or their customers in taking an active and visible part in the MyBank ecosystem. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

07 March 2013 Four new direct participants are scheduled to join the STEP2 SEPA Services over the next few months: the EBA CLEARING Board has approved the connection of Banque ENI S.A. and Iccrea Banca (both to STEP2 SDD Core and B2B) and Santander Consumer Bank AG (to STEP2 SDD B2B) planned for 8th April 2013 and of the National Bank of Slovakia (to STEP2 SCT and SDD Core) foreseen for 4th November 2013. 

07 January 2013 In December 2012, the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer Service witnessed an all-time volume record with 3,159,324 transactions processed on average per day. Over the past 12 months, the daily average volumes have increased by 39 percent. 

19 December 2012 EBA CLEARING announced today that 11 financial institutions, from Italy, France and Luxembourg, have decided to join the MyBank solution for its launch on 25th March 2013, making the MyBank solution available to millions of retail customers and thousands of e-merchants. The go-live will mark the first step of the roll-out of this pan-European electronic authorisation solution for online payments across SEPA. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

19 November 2012EBA CLEARING has gone live with new SEPA release and new optional services on the STEP2 platform to meet the requirements of its users for SEPA. The SEPA Direct Debit Core D-1 option and the Change Account Identification (CAI) option were successfully implemented in STEP2 on 16th November 2012. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

09 November 2012EBA CLEARING announced today its plans to deliver a third processing site for STEP2 in co-operation with IBM and SIA. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

31 October 2012 The presentation slides shown at the EBA CLEARING Special interest session at Sibos are now available for[download]. 

26 October 2012 The latest EBA Insight Newsletter features, among others, an overview of the topics discussed at the STEP2 SEPA Business Working Group meeting as well as an update on the MyBank project. All EBA Members and Associate Members can download a PDF version of the newsletter by clicking[here]. 

26 October 2012 Gilbert Lichter, CEO of EBA CLEARING, provides a progress update on reducing the risk exposure of EURO1 Participants in this[interview]. 

07 August 2012 In July 2012, the STEP2 SDD Core Service saw a considerable volume rise, bringing the average number of daily transactions settled to 235,201. Volumes thus almost tripled compared to the volumes settled by the service at the beginning of the year. On 30th July, the STEP2 SDD Core Service also witnessed a new daily record volume peak with 553,719 transactions settled on that day. 

04 June 2012 EBA CLEARING announced today the launch of the MyBank Pilot. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

16 May 2012 The Chairman’s address delivered at the EBA CLEARING Shareholders Meeting 2012 in Edinburgh is now available. Please[click here]to download the full speech held by Giorgio Ferrero, Chairman of the Board of EBA CLEARING. Shareholder Representatives can also access the presentation slides shown at the Shareholders Meeting by clicking[here]. 

16 May 2012 EBA CLEARING confirmed today at the EBAday conference in Edinburgh and at the e-Commerce Netcomm Forum in Milan the strong support its MyBank e-payment solution has secured among key market players in Italy. Major Italian banks and e-merchants are planning to join the MyBank Pilot, which will start in early June. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

15 May 2012 The first MyBank test transaction was successfully sent today between the French BRED Banque Populaire and Istituto Centrale delle Banche Popolari Italiane (ICBPI). The demonstration marked a prelude to the technical pilot phase of the MyBank project, which will start on 4th June 2012. For more information, please consult our[press release]issued at EBAday today. 

15 May 2012 With the deadline for migration to SEPA only 20 months away, EBA CLEARING announced today key deliverables of its project geared at readying the STEP2 platform for processing large domestic volumes in an integrated euro payments environment. For more details, please consult our[press release]issued at EBAday. 

30 April 2012 EBA CLEARING has successfully implemented the batch processing mode in its STEP2 SCT Service. The batch processing enables banks to submit batches of payments that are already pre-sorted by receiving counterparties. To read more on the batch processing option, please[click here]. 

11 April 2012 The EURO1/STEP1 Services witnessed a new record volume peak yesterday with more than 413,000 payments processed and settled in one day. 

31 March 2012 EBA CLEARING successfully completed today the yearly crisis simulation exercise for the STEP2 environment in co-operation with its technology partner SIA and 39 participant banks. The test involved a switchover from the STEP2 primary site to the disaster recovery site and back.[Click here]for more information. 

23 March 2012 The latest EBA Insight Newsletter contains, among others, articles on the current projects of the EURO1 and STEP2 Services, the announcement of EBA CLEARING’s new SEPA large volume exchange project and an update on the current preparations for the launch of the MyBank technical pilot. All EBA Members and Associate Members can download a PDF version of the newsletter by clicking[here]. 

23 March 2012 STEP2 SCT and SDD Direct Participants that are not participating in EURO1 or STEP1 can now become User Members of the EBA, being entitled to participate in the Association’s activities and to attend the Annual General Meeting. 

20 February 2012 EBA CLEARING has successfully activated three additional settlement cycles in its STEP2 SCT Service. These three new cycles on the PE-ACH platform allow a faster end-to-end processing of SCT payments. For further information, please consult the[press release]published today. 

31 January 2012 The STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer Service witnessed a 78 percent volume increase over the past 12 months. In December 2011, the service handled on average 2.4 million transactions per day, which constitutes a new peak record. For further information, please consult the[press release]issued this morning. 

12 January 2012 In December 2011, the EURO1/STEP1 platform witnessed an all-time volume record with 282,840 payments processed on average per day. 

05 December 2011 EBA CLEARING closes down the STEP2 XCT Service as part of the industry's migration to the SEPA instruments. The volumes channelled through STEP2 XCT have mostly been migrated to the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) Service over the past few months. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

07 November 2011 In October 2011, the STEP2 SCT Service continued to witness a considerable volume rise, bringing the average number of daily transactions to over 2 million. This constitutes a 57 percent increase compared to the volumes processed by the service at the beginning of the year. 

31 October 2011 EBA CLEARING looks back on a successful first week following the introduction of its new bilateral limit structure in EURO1. Providing participants with more flexibility in adjusting their bilateral limits has led to a better redistribution of liquidity in the system: 3,650 bilateral adjustments took place during the implementation week. This has also further improved the risk management capabilities for the users of EURO1. For more details about the changes, please consult our[press release]issued at Sibos. 

11 October 2011 The STEP2 Irish Service went live as scheduled: EBA CLEARING's dedicated service for Irish legacy payments completed its first settlement yesterday evening. For more information, please[click here]or download the[press release]we jointly issued with the Irish community this morning. 

21 September 2011 At its Sibos special interest session, EBA CLEARING provided an update on the evolution of its services and activities against the background of the changing European payments landscape.[Click here]to download the slides presented at the session. 

20 September 2011 The EBA CLEARING Company presented today the new measures that will be implemented on its EURO1 platform. The new measures will enable banks to more flexibly determine the extent of their counterparty exposures in the EURO1 system and to adjust these exposures more quickly. The implementation of these new measures is expected to take place on 24th October 2011. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

19 September 2011 The EBA CLEARING Company has issued a call for participation in its MyBank pilot group to banks and e-merchants across Europe. The call follows a positive outcome of the MyBank consultation, which took place over the summer and involved numerous stakeholders from the consumer side, the e-merchants, payment service providers and integrators. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

25 August 2011 The welcome speech held by Javier Alonso, Director General, Banco de Espana, at the EBA dinner on 14th June 2011 can be downloaded by clicking[here]. 

29 July 2011The comments of EBA CLEARING on the CPSS-IOSCO consultative report on Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures are available now. Please[click here]to access the full document. 

15 June 2011 The EBA CLEARING Company announced today that it plans to develop and promote a pan-European e-payment service to facilitate online shopping transactions. The new solution will enable buyers and sellers from all over Europe to exchange trusted payment orders and e-mandates directly through their online banking portals. Please[click here]to download the press release. 

15 June 2011 The Chairman’s address delivered at the EBA CLEARING Shareholders Meeting 2011 in Madrid is now available. Please[click here]to download the full speech held by Giorgio Ferrero, Chairman of the Board of EBA CLEARING. Shareholder Representatives can also access the presentation slides shown at the Shareholders Meeting by clicking[here]. 

04 May 2011 EBA CLEARING successfully introduced two additional liquidity distribution windows in EURO1 on 2nd May 2011. During the first two days since the introduction, 97 percent of the pre-funded amounts paid in by the EURO1 Participants were distributed. Please[click here]for more information. 

02 May 2011 EBA CLEARING is pleased to announce the appointment of André Vink as Head of the newly created Business Continuity Unit and of Eva Herskovicova as Head of Operations with effect from 1st May 2011. 

21 April 2011 The latest EBA Insight Newsletter contains, among others, interviews with EBA CLEARING Board member Christian Westerhaus, as well as EURO1/STEP1 Director Alan Taylor and Head of Operations André Vink. All EBA Members and Associate Members can download a PDF version of the newsletter by clicking[here]. 

07 March 2011 EBA CLEARING welcomed new service participants today: Bank of New York Mellon connected to the EURO1/STEP1 platform as a STEP1 Bank and Bank of Greece joined the STEP2 SDD Core and B2B Services as a direct participant. 

29 January 2011 EBA CLEARING successfully completed a crisis simulation exercise today with the co-operation of its technology partner SIA-SSB and 43 user banks. The test involved a switchover from the STEP2 primary site to the disaster recovery site and back.[Click here]for more information. 

15 December 2010 The most recent EBA Insight Newsletter has just been published and contains, among others, details on the new peak record set by STEP2 SCT in December 2010 and a report on the new EBA CLEARING working groups on e-Services and EURO1 Liquidity Management. A PDF version of the newsletter can be downloaded by clicking[here]. 

09 December 2010 The STEP2 SCT Service witnessed a new record volume peak with 5,249,914 payments settled in one day, largely surpassing the 5 million mark for the first time and thus highlighting the suitability of the STEP2 SCT Service for domestic high-volume usage. 

01 November 2010 EBA CLEARING reported the successful and smooth implementation of system upgrades to the STEP2 SCT, SDD Core and B2B Services as part of the scheduled STEP2 November Release 2010. The three Services were simultaneously updated in order to comply with the new versions of the EPC SCT, SDD Core and B2B Scheme Rulebooks coming into force today. Please[click here]for more information. 

29 October 2010 The interview with EBA CLEARING Chairman Giorgio Ferrero recorded at the Sibos Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam is now available online. To see the whole interview, please[click here]and chose "Day 4", then scroll down to the interview entitled "SEPA migration milestones". 

27 October 2010The slides accompanying the presentation held during the EBA CLEARING Special Interest Session at the Sibos Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam are available[here]. 

26 October 2010 EBA CLEARING and OTP Bank announced today the formal acceptance of OTP Bank as an EBA CLEARING shareholder and EURO1 participant. The largest independent bank in the Central and Eastern Europe region will participate in the service from 6th December 2010. Please[click here]to download the joint press release. 

25 October 2010 EBA CLEARING and the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO) announced today that the Irish banking community has decided to use the STEP2 platform for processing its domestic payments. Please[click here]to read the joint press release. 

25 October 2010 Over 1,000 additional financial institutions across Europe will be reachable via the STEP2 SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) Services from 1st November 2010. Please[click here]to read the press release. 

30 September 2010 The STEP2 SCT Service witnessed a record volume peak with 1,164,232 payments sent in one day, surpassing the 1 million mark for the first time. 

21 July 2010The speech and presentation given by EBA CLEARING Chairman Giorgio Ferrero at the SPIN conference in Italy are now available in English. Please[click here]to download the document. 

07 June 2010 EURO1 completed its settlement in record time today, using for the first time the Ancillary Systems Interface (ASI) for settling in TARGET2. 

31 May 2010 The Chairman’s address delivered at the EBA CLEARING Shareholders Meeting 2010 in Luxembourg is now available. Please[click here]to download the full speech held by Giorgio Ferrero, Chairman of the Board of EBA CLEARING. Shareholder Representatives can also access the presentation slides shown at the Shareholders Meeting by clicking[here]. 

26 May 2010EBA CLEARING and the SEEBACH community, composed of the major Nordic banks, are working on the development of a processing solution for urgent payments based on SEPA ISO20022 XML standards. For more information, please[click here]to read our press release. 

26 May 2010 At their annual meeting, the shareholders of EBA CLEARING re-elected Giorgio Ferrero (Intesa Sanpaolo) and Robert Heisterborg (ING Bank) as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Board of EBA CLEARING for another three-year term. Yannick Chagnon (Société Générale), Thomas Egner (Commerzbank) and Hays Littlejohn (UBS) were re-elected as Board Members. 

26 May 2010 The EBA CLEARING Company announced today that OTP Bank, Hungary’s largest commercial bank, is joining EURO1, the Company’s real-time clearing and settlement system for financial and commercial single payments in euro. The new EBA CLEARING shareholder is in the process of completing the necessary joining procedures and is scheduled to participate in the EURO1 Service later this year, which will bring the number of EURO1 clearing banks to 67. Please[click here]to read our press release. 

26 May 2010 The SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) Service on EBA CLEARING's PE-ACH platform STEP2 attracted 37 percent more payments from January to April 2010 and broke the mark of 800,000 payments processed in one day on 3rd May. Please[click here]to read our press release on this steep growth in STEP2 SCT volumes. 

03 May 2010 EBA CLEARING successfully implemented the SWIFTNet-related Role Based Access Control (RBAC) functionality for all STEP2 Services. RBAC allows the SWIFTNet Security Officer of a bank to grant or deny access rights to SWIFTNet to members of his/her organisation. Please[click here]for further information. 

12 April 2010 Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. joined the STEP2 SCT Service today, bringing the number of Direct Participants to 117. 

22 January 2010 Over 100 bank representatives in total attended the roadshows of EBA CLEARING held in Denmark and Sweden on 20th and 21st January. Post crisis, the banks are looking at how to take maximal advantage of the liquidity benefits offered by[EURO1/STEP1]. They are also in the process of organising the migration of their euro traffic to the SEPA instruments, for which EBA CLEARING provides an efficient processing environment on its[STEP2]platform with close to 100 percent reach across Europe. 

17 November 2009Kirstine Nilsson, Swedbank, has been nominated by the Swedish EBA CLEARING community to take over the EBA CLEARING Board mandate of Roger Storm, SEB. The new member joined the Board for today's meeting. 

03 November 2009EBA CLEARING successfully completed its first SEPA Direct Debit processing cycles today, on the launch date of the SDD Schemes. Please[click here]to read our press release on the STEP2 SDD Services kick-off. 

02 November 2009 The EBA CLEARING Company announced today the successful kick-off of its SEPA Direct Debit processing services. The start of the new SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) Core and B2B Services on the Pan-European Automated Clearing House (PE-ACH) STEP2 coincides with the launch date of the SEPA Direct Debit Schemes. Please[click here]to read our press release. 

02 November 2009 More than 2,000 financial institutions will be reachable via the STEP2 SDD Services of EBA CLEARING from 2nd November 2009 on. Please[click here]to read our press release on the readiness of the PE-ACH for the SDD scheme launch. 

22 October 2009A group of major German payment banks announced today that they successfully completed an SDD testing exercise they had conducted among themselves. The testing exercise was carried out with the support of EBA CLEARING. Please[click here]to learn more. 

15 September 2009 The EURO1 Service welcomed Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) as its 66th Participant. Please[click here]for more information. 

14 September 2009 EBA CLEARING continues to be fully on track with the preparations for the launch of its SEPA Direct Debit Services on 2nd November. Please[click here]to learn more. 

13 July 2009 ABN AMRO Bank joined the STEP2 XCT Service today, bringing the number of Direct Participants to 106. 

06 July 2009 The STEP2 SCT Service welcomed Banca Sella Holding S.p.A. as its 115th Direct Participant. The first settlement date for this new STEP2 SCT Bank was 7th July 2009. 

03 July 2009 In his address to the Shareholders Meeting 2009, EBA CLEARING Chairman Giorgio Ferrero informed the banks about the Company's capability to absorb growing SEPA volumes. The Chairman also reported on EBA CLEARING's ongoing activities with regard to developing innovative payment solutions for banks in Europe. Please[click here]for the full speech or an overview of its key points. 

03 July 2009The STEP2-T System, which comprises all STEP2 Services settling in TARGET2, has been notified as a payment system under the Settlement Finality Directive. 

02 July 2009 At EBAday 2009, three delegates of EBA CLEARING banks gave short interviews on B2B Direct Debits, night-time settlement and the EURO1/STEP1 Directory. Please[click here]to watch them. 

30 June 2009 At its Shareholders Meeting 2009, EBA CLEARING elected Rui Fonseca (Caixa Geral de Depositos) as new Board member. Re-elected were Daniele Danese (Banco Popolare Societa Cooperativa), José Luis Fernandez Iglesias (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria), Diarmuid Hanrahan (Allied Irish Banks) and Roger Storm (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken). 

25 May 2009 Eight banks from five different countries have been the first to successfully complete their Core SDD testing on the STEP2 platform. Six among these institutions also carried out their B2B testing in the first of overall six windows to be offered by EBA CLEARING for scripted testing in 2009. 

04 May 2009 STEP2 SCT confirms its stable growth rates by moving beyond the 300,000 mark in April: the service processes an average of 319,236 transactions on a daily basis. 

06 April 2009 EBA CLEARING's community of European payment banks is preparing for the STEP2 direct debit service offerings in view of the launch of the SEPA Direct Debit Schemes on 2ndNovember 2009. Please[click here]for more information. 

06 April 2009 The EURO1/STEP1 Directory is live and available  for download by authorised users. The first version of the Directory already contains 1,700 third party institutions, meaning that an additional 6,000 BICs can be reached via EURO1/STEP1. This represents an increase in the reach of EURO1/STEP1 of over 50 percent. 

01 April 2009 The STEP2 SCT Service continues its steady growth: In March, the service reached a new volume record with 288,808 payments processed on average each day. 

03 March 2009 STEP2 SCT witnesses a record volume peak with 411,496 payments sent in one day. 

28 January 2009 The STEP2 SCT Service is celebrating its first year of operation. For information on its performance during the last year, please[click here]. 

02 January 2009 During December, the combined daily average of payments processed by the STEP2 SCT and XCT Services exceeded 550,000. This constitutes an increase of 48% since January 2008. 

09 December 2008 The STEP2 SCT settlement successfully migrated to TARGET2. For more information, please[click here]. 

18 November 2008The EBA Group participates in the European Banking and Insurance Fair in Frankfurt. Please visit our stand (D31) in Fair Hall 5.1. 

03 November 2008 EURO1/STEP1 again reaches a value record in October with EUR 339 bio. being processed on average per day. 

01 October 2008 EURO/STEP1 registers a record average daily value of EUR 309 bio. for the month of September. The last day of the month witnessed an all-time peak of EUR 468 bio. processed in one day. 

15 September 2008Sibos has started - please visit the EBA Group stand (C303) or participate in our special interest session on 17th September at 14:00 (room: Lehar 4). 

08 September 2008 ICCREA Banca joined the STEP2 SCT Service today, raising the number of Direct Participants in the Service to 113. 

04 August 2008 Banca Popolare Friuladria joined the STEP2 SCT Service today as a new Direct Participant. 

02 July 2008 The Chairman's address delivered at the EBA CLEARING Shareholders Meeting in Helsinki is now available and can be downloaded[here]. 

01 July 2008 The EBA CLEARING Report of the Board 2007 has now been published and can be downloaded[here]. Shareholder Representatives may also access the[presentation]shown at the 2008 Shareholders Meeting in Helsinki. 

19 May 2008 EURO1 successfully completed its migration to TARGET2 today. All EURO1 Services, including pre-funding, liquidity distribution and end-of-day settlement processed TARGET2 transactions via EURO1's Cristal BAS2 system. 

05 May 2008 As four more banks join the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) Service, the Direct Participants of SCT outnumber those of the XCT Service for the first time. Please click[here]to learn more. 

05 May 2008 The second processing and settlement cycle of the STEP2 SCT Service was successfully launched today. For more information, please click[here]. 

11 April 2008 An EBA CLEARING user group composed of 21 Spanish financial institutions constituted itself today. EEFF Espanolas Usuarios de EBA CLEARING was formed under the chairmanship of Manuel Cobo Barroso and will serve as a forum for the Spanish community to discuss EBA Group matters. 

31 March 2008Since its launch on 28th January 2008, the STEP2 SCT Service has processed more than 5 million SEPA Credit Transfers. 

25 March 2008 EBA CLEARING‘s central system witnessed peak records today: EURO1 and STEP1 handled 328,058 and 31,041 transactions respectively. 

10 March 2008 The STEP2 SCT Service has now passed the mark of the first 3 million transactions processed since the launch of the service. 

04 March 2008 Volumes sent through the STEP2 SCT Service continue their steep rise: Over 200,000 SCT payments have been processed by the service today. 

03 March 2008 Three new banks have joined the STEP2 SCT community as Direct Participants today, while another bank has become a Direct Participant in the STEP2 XCT Service. For more information, please click[here]. 

29 February 2008The mark of the first 2 million transactions processed in the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) Service was passed this morning. 

18 February 2008The PE-ACH has sucessfully processed over 1,000,000 SCT payments so far. A record 105,565 transactions were settled this morning 

15 February 2008The STEP2 SCT Service processed today approximately 94,000 payments for a total value of EUR 535 million. 

12 February 2008 EBA CLEARING opens its Italian representative office in Milan. Please click on the following links to access the[English]or the[Italian]version of the opening speech given by Mr Ferrero, Chairman, EBA CLEARING. 

08 February 2008 The major French banks will be completing the migration of their local PNS payments to EURO1 by mid-February. 

07 February 2008The PE-ACH has successfully processed over 500,000 SCT payments so far. 

04 February 2008 The STEP2 SCT Service is now processing approximately 85,000 payments per day. 

31 January 2008 A week after going live, the STEP2 SCT Service is processing approximately 65,000 payments per day with a daily value of EUR 589 million. 

28 January 2008 On its first day of operations, the STEP2 SCT Service has distributed SEPA Credit Transfers received from 90 direct participant banks. 

25 January 2008 The STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) Service has started to successfully receive files with SEPA Scheme-compliant credit transfers this morning. The settlement of these payments will take place on Monday, 28th January, the official launch date of SEPA. 

25 January 2008 Natixis, SEB and RZB are the three Direct Participants from which the STEP2 SEPA Credit Transfer Service has received the first SCT payments. 

10 January 2008 A record number of 1,683 Indirect Participant BICs (constituting over 4,000 financial institutions) are now connected to the STEP2 Credeuro (XCT) Service. 

07 January 2008 STEP2 Credeuro (XCT) ends the year on a high note reaching maximum levels on 21st December 2007: 505 files were sent to the platform with a record 606,001 payments for a value over EUR 2 bio. 

02 January 2008 All EBA CLEARING systems reached new all-time records in December 2007, with EURO1/STEP1 processing a daily average volume of 258,074 payments and the STEP2 Credeuro (XCT) Service counting a daily average of 434,133 payments. 

10 December 2007The major French banks have started migrating their local PNS payments to EURO1. 

30 November 2007 EURO1/STEP1 reach a new all-time volume record of 281,808 payments per day. 

28 November 2007STEP2 now counts 1,747 Direct and Indirect Participants from 31 SEPA countries. 

28 November 2007Fifteen technical facilitators from 12 SEPA countries are now linking to STEP2. 

19 November 2007EBA CLEARING and Seceti, Italy, announce cooperation on establishing a STEP2 link.[Click here]for the joint press release. 

31 October 2007 Eleven technical facilitators (local ACHs, service bureaus and others) from across Europe are by now connected to STEP2. 

31 October 2007 EURO1/STEP1 reach a new daily volume peak of 278,710 payments. 

30 October 2007STEP2 Credeuro (XCT) reach a new daily volume peak of 548,241 payments. 

30 October 2007 Commercial and financial transactions from three local RTGS systems are presently migrating or have migrated to EURO1. 

29 October 2007RZB is the first bank to have self-certified its readiness for SEPA Direct Debits on STEP2. 

25 October 2007 103 European banks are presently finalising their preparations to use STEP2 / PE-ACH as of 28th January 2008. 

18 October 2007 EBA CLEARING now processes an average of 1.5 million transactions per day. 

17 October 2007 EURO1 processed on 28th September 2007 a new all-time record volume of 249.226 transactions and record value of EUR 377 billion. 

16 October 2007Iberpay of Spain announces its intention to link to STEP2. 

30 July 2007 STEP2 SCT Service will begin receiving transactions on the 25th January 2008 with the first settlement on the morning of the 28th January. 

09 July 2007 Dresdner Bank is the first bank to have successfully connected to the new SEPA platform of EBA CLEARING's STEP2 Service. 

09 July 2007 Four more banks joined today the Credeuro (XCT) Service on the STEP2 platform. The Service counts now 112 Direct Participants and 1638 Indirect Participants. 

09 July 2007 Crédit du Nord successfully went live today in the EURO1 system. 

02 July 2007 EBA CLEARING registered its Italian Representative Office in Milan. 

18 June 2007 After a successful upgrade of its BAS2 system, EBA CLEARING is now TARGET2 ready 

15 June 2007 EBA CLEARING successfully tested the first SEPA Direct Debit transactions on the STEP2 platform. 

12 June 2007 Dutch Telegiro traffic migrated to EURO1 platform. 

15 May 2007STEP2 platform processes now over 1 million payments per day. 

10 May 2007 So far, 79 banks have agreed to pilot the upcoming SEPA Credit Transfer Service by EBA CLEARING. 

20 April 2007Voca announces its intention to link to STEP2. 

26 February 2007 So far, 43 banks have agreed to pilot the upcoming SEPA Credit Transfer Service by EBA CLEARING. 

03 January 2007 All EBA CLEARING systems scored new all-time records in December 2006 with EURO1 reaching a daily average volume of 187,900 payments, STEP1 hitting an average of more than 25,300 transactions per day and the STEP2 Credeuro Service counting an average of over 368,130 payments per day.