Since their origin in 1996 as the Payment Cards Statistical Yearbooks have expanded each year and now comprise of two separate publications.

The European Payment Cards Yearbook covers the EU28 countries plus Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Eurasian Payment Card Yearbook covers Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.


Publisher: Alex Rolfe

Research: Horst Foerster
Since 2011, Horst is co-editor and has been responsible for market analysis and for compiling/writing the country profiles. Horst both has expertise in card business and in e-/m-payments since 1996. Cross business and cross borders – his profession is business development and market intelligence support for the Payment Industries.

Statistics: Amanda Balding
Amanda has been responsible for the key task of researching and compiling Yearbook tables and accompanying text for the past five years. She has a BSc degree in statistics from the UK Open University.

Proofing: Richard Rolfe
Richard Rolfe founded European Card Review in 1994 and is now a contributing editor to its successor publication, Payments Cards & Mobile