Joining Windows

If you would like to join RT1, please contact us via our contact form with your preference for one of the proposed joining windows. We will guide you through the whole joining process.

Three joining windows for November release 2017:


Event  Window 1  Window 2  Window 3
Deadline for participation 28 February 2017 30 May 2017 29 August 2017
Start of connectivity testing 20 March 2017 19 June 2017 18 September 2017
Start of acceptance testing 3 April 2017  3 July 2017 2 October 2017
Go Live November 2017 November 2017 November 2017

Download the RT1 Live Calendar for 2017


Five planned joining windows for 2018:


Event  Window 1  Window 2  Window 3 Window 4 Window 5
Deadline for participation 13 November 2017 15 January 2018 23 April 2018 25 June 2018 31 August 2018
Start of connectivity testing 11 December 2017 19 February 2018 22 May 2018 23 July 2018 17 September 2018
Start of acceptance testing 8 January 2018 5 March 2018 4 June 2018 6 August 2018 8 October 2018
Go Live 6 February 2018 10 April 2018 10 July 2018 11 September 2018 20 November 2018

Download the RT1 Live Calendar for 2018 

Downoload the RT1 Test & Training Calendar for 2018

Admission criteria

In order to fulfil the admission criteria for the RT1 System, a Participant must:

  1. be authorised to act as a credit institution
  2. have TARGET2 account access
    i.e. (a) have a direct participant status in TARGET2 and hold and have access to an account in TARGET2, or (b) have a liquidity provider that has the status of a direct participant in TARGET2
  3. be able to comply with the technical and operational requirements of the RT1 System, including requirements aiming at ensuring availability of the RT1 Participant during the operational times of the System
  4. have its registered office in the EU, the EEA, a Member State of the OECD, or a country or territory which is part of SEPA
  5. participate in the system via its registered office or a branch located in the geographical area of SEPA
  6. provide a capacity opinion with respect to its participation in the RT1 System
  7. have adhered to the SCT Inst Scheme Rulebook of the European Payments Council

Exclusion, Suspension and Withdrawal from the RT1 System

Operational defaults will be addressed in first instance through the activation of incident handling and, as applicable, crisis management arrangements.

Unless an exclusion or suspension would contravene legislation implementing the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) or equivalent third country legislation, a Participant can be prevented by the System Operator from continuing to participate in the system if certain events occur.


Events that may give rise to exclusion comprise in particular:

  1. termination of access to TARGET2 account
  2. loss of license to act as a credit institution
  3. insolvency

A Participant may also be excluded in case a suspension event has not been remedied within 30 calendar days.


The criteria for participation in the RT1 System consist of necessary legal, technical and operational requirements to enable the processing of SCT Inst transactions, as well as funding and de-funding operations in TARGET2.

A Participant may be suspended if non-compliance with the ongoing criteria for participation cannot be otherwise mitigated, e.g. in the case of relocation outside SEPA.


A Participant can withdraw from the RT1 System by giving notice of termination.