EBA CLEARING says its systemically important payment system EURO1 has successfully migrated to ISO 20022. The RTGS-equivalent payment infrastructure closed its first business day operating on the new message standard.
The EURO1 migration is part of an ongoing industry-wide shift towards ISO 20022, which will have far-reaching benefits for the payments industry.
These include greater interoperability between various payment systems as well as increased efficiency of transaction processing and fraud detection.
EURO1 participants will be able to offer services to their corporate clients, which will benefit from better structured and faster information and reconciliation, greater transparency and more payer-to-payee information.
The move also completes the implementation of the EURO1 future positioning programme, which EBA CLEARING started to develop and implement with its service users in 2017.
Aside from introducing the data-rich ISO 20022 standard for EURO1, EBA CLEARING now provides its service users with extended opening hours for the system as well as central monitoring and steering capabilities for their payment and liquidity flows across the different payment services operated by the Company.
The future positioning programme also ensures full alignment of EURO1 with TARGET, which allows continued possibility to switch payment flows between the two systems and enables EURO1 users to rely on the system as a non-similar back-up for T2 RTGS.
“With this migration, we have put the powerful functionality of EURO1 and its extremely high levels of availability and robustness onto the latest technology rails,” comments Erwin Kulk, Head of Service Development and Management, EBA CLEARING.
“Our users can now leverage the liquidity efficiency and cost effectiveness of the system during longer opening hours and extend to their customers the benefits of structured data based on international standards.”
EURO1 is a large-value payment system for single same-day euro transactions at a pan-European level. Launched for the start of the European Monetary Union in 1999, the system processes transactions of high priority and urgency, and primarily of large amount, both at a domestic and at a cross-border level.
Since 2014, EURO1 has been classified as a systemically important payment system by the European Central Bank (ECB).
EURO1 counts 34 participants and 35 sub-participants and processes an average of 180,000 transactions per day with a combined value of over €190 billion. The system also supports the STEP1 Service, which offers a turn-key solution for single euro payment processing mainly used by smaller and medium-sized banks.
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