ISO 20022 migration


Payment systems across the world are migrating from legacy standards to ISO 20022, an international messaging standard that is expected to improve payment processing efficiency and interoperability.

In 2017, EBA CLEARING launched its EURO1 future positioning programme. Together with its participant community, the Company identified user requirements and developed a roadmap for implementation. After an extensive user consultation, EBA CLEARING and its technology partner SWIFT kicked off the ISO 20022 migration project in 2018. The development phase started in November 2019 and proceeded as scheduled.

In line with the modified planning for the ECB T2/T2S Consolidation project, the EURO1 ISO 20022 live migration was moved to March 2023.

What will change?

The core structure and key benefits of EURO1 will not change through the migration to ISO 20022.  

The key change is that, instead of processing payment messages via FIN MT messaging, EURO1 will use ISO 20022’s data-rich standard, which can carry more payment information and is more flexible.

Furthermore, while readying EURO1 for the ISO 20022 migration, EBA CLEARING is bringing efficiency enhancements to key parts of the EURO1 System functionality and preparing to offer extended opening hours to its users. 


The industry-wide use of ISO 20022 will have far-reaching benefits for the payments industry. This includes greater interoperability between various payment systems and improved data flows, which will increase the efficiency of transaction processing and fraud detection.

Participants will be able to offer services to their corporate clients that will benefit from better and faster information and reconciliation, greater transparency and more payer-to-payee information.

In addition, the migration of EURO1 to ISO 20022 will deliver specific benefits to its participants:

  • Extended opening hours, with the possibility to expand further
  • Central payment and liquidity monitoring and steering capabilities across EBA CLEARING payment services (e.g. via liquidity dashboard)
  • Full alignment with TARGET2, allowing continued switchability of payment flows between the two systems

How we support our users

  • EURO1 specifications developed in cooperation with user expert group to optimally meet user needs
  • Alignment of usage guidelines with TARGET2 to facilitate migration for the EURO1 Participants
  • Focussed information sessions to guide participants through the migration project and the testing phase
  • Solution providers to EURO1 Participants have direct access to documentation and information sessions

User milestones

2018 to 2019


ISO 20022 specification phase



Delivery of ISO 20022 usage guidelines and impact document

Q2 2021


Set-up of the pilot system and delivery of draft user documentation

Q3 2021


Start of connectivity testing

December 2021


Start of functional testing

Q1 2022


Self-certification by the service participants of mandatory tests for the central system functionality

Q2 2022


Final update of usage guidelines (correction of findings during testing and alignment with T2 change requests)

Q2 to Q3 2022


Liquidity bridge and settlement tests for EURO1 Participants

Q2 to Q3 2022


Live migration tests coordinated with the T2/T2S consolidation project

Q1 2023


Preparations for live migration

20 March 2023


First live date of the new ISO 20022-based system