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EBA Clearing puts Sepa front and centre on Step2 platform

19 November 2012  |  1406 views  |  0 Source: EBA Clearing

EBA CLEARING has introduced new optional services on the STEP2 platform to meet the requirements of its users for SEPA.

The SEPA Direct Debit Core D-1 option and the Change Account Identification (CAI) option were successfully implemented in STEP2 on 16th November 2012 as part of the STEP2 release of the November 2012 EPC Scheme Rulebooks.

The new optional services on the PE-ACH platform of EBA CLEARING were developed to meet the needs of the pan-European STEP2 user community and their customers. The SDD Core D-1 option considerably shortens the regular timelines for sending SDD Core collections to the debtor's bank, from a minimum of five days before due date for new or one-off direct debits and two days for recurring direct debits to just one day. The CAI option allows banks to inform each other via a standardised Identification Modification Advice message about changes in the bank or account details of a customer.

In addition to the launch of the November release, EBA CLEARING also activated an optional evening cycle for the STEP2 Credit Transfer Service today. Four Irish banks have started to use this cycle, which allows them to send payment messages until 21:00 CET for delivery to the beneficiary banks before midnight. On top of this, additional resilience features have been implemented and two new participants have joined.

"Once again, EBA CLEARING has planned and smoothly delivered a major release and run a testing program with 125 Direct Participants across Europe. It's a huge community effort involving the company, the banks and SIA," said John Broxis, Director, STEP2 Services at EBA CLEARING. "We have implemented new key services as part of this release and will roll out additional features in the first half of 2013 to ensure that our banks have all the required functionality at their disposal for SEPA ramp-up."

The upgrade of the STEP2 functionality is part of an enhancement program geared at readying the platform for a substantial part of the large domestic volumes that will migrate to SEPA before February 2014. The program is evolvingving the capacity, re evolvingving the capacity, resilience and functionality of STEP2 as a key processing infrastructure for SEPA.

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