The European Committee for Banking Standards (ECBS) was formed in December 1992 by Europe's three Credit Sector Associations (or: ECSAs), the Banking Federation of the European Union (EBF), the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG), and the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB). The ECSAs represent the interests of the European banks and associations from the countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
Between 1992 and 2004 ECBS's primary aim has been to enhance the European technical banking infrastructure by developing standards once clear business and commercial interests have been identified. ECBS produced technical reports and standard implementation guidelines aimed at assisting the European banking sector’s application of relevant standards. At European and International levels, ECBS monitored related standards activities that could have an impact on the European banking community and provided a forum for voicing the European banking sector’s opinion on relevant matters to the various standards and industry bodies.
Observers to the Technical Committees and Working Groups established by ECBS included the European Central Bank, the major payment schemes (MasterCard Europe and Visa Europe), SWIFT and the Euro Banking Association (EBA). ECBS had a co-operation agreement with ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute).
During 2004, ECBS began to work closely together with the European Payments Council (EPC)], aligning some of the committees and support functions, a process which has been completed in 2006. At that date the Charter of the European Payments Council was amended to reflect that:
"the purpose of the EPC is to support and promote the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) ... To that effect, the EPC shall amongst others, develop the activities mentioned below.
For credit institutions within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) the EPC shall:
- ... provide strategic guidance for standardization,
- formulate rules, best practices and standards,....
The scope of the EPC is core payment services (retail and commercial payments) in Euro in Europe, and their settlement".
As a consequence ECBS has now discontinued its activities in the areas covered by EPC. EPC official website: http://www.europeanpaymentscouncil.eu/
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