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2013/0449(COD) Migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ECON BOWLES Sharon (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion IMCO
Committee Opinion JURI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 114

Events

2014/03/20
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to postpone the end-date in the euro area for the migration of domestic and intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros to the new SEPA-standard-based credit transfers and direct debits.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) No 248/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

CONTENT: the amending Regulation postpones to 1 August 2014 the deadline for migration from national credit transfer and direct debit schemes to harmonised SEPA (single euro payments area) standards.

The Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 260/2012 , which had set a migration deadline of 1 February 2014.

The Regulation also states that Member States may allow payment service providers (PSPs) to provide payment service users (PSUs), until 1 February 2016 , with conversion services for national payment transactions enabling PSUs that are consumers to continue using BBAN on condition that interoperability is ensured.

Despite the considerable efforts made by the European Central Bank, Member States, their national public authorities and market participants during recent months, the latest migration statistics show that the overall migration rate in the euro area to harmonised SEPA credit transfer (SCT) has only increased from 40 % in June 2013 to around 64 % in November 2013, while the overall migration rate towards SEPA direct debit (SDD) has only reached 26 %. It was therefore very unlikely that all market participants will be SEPA compliant by 1 February 2014.

The postponement of the end-date will avoid unnecessary disruption of payments resulting from the fact that SEPA migration is not fully completed by 1 February 2014. Payment service providers should therefore be allowed, for a limited period of time, to continue the processing of payment transactions through their legacy schemes alongside their SCT and SDD schemes, as they are doing now.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 21.03.2014. The Regulation applies with retroactive effect from 31.01.2014.

2014/03/07
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2014/02/26
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2014/02/26
   CSL - Final act signed
2014/02/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2014/02/18
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2014/02/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
2014/02/04
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2014/02/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 554 votes to 12, with 7 abstentions, legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

Parliament adopted its position at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of an agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council.

The changes made to the text are only minor modifications of a linguistic nature.

In a new recital, it has been stressed that, in view of the urgency of the matter , an exception to the eight-week period referred to in Article 4 of Protocol No 1 on the role of national parliaments in the European Union, should be provided.

For reasons of legal certainty and in order to avoid any discontinuity to the application of Regulation (EU) No 260/2012, it is necessary that this Regulation enter into force as a matter of urgency and that it apply, with retroactive effect, from 31 January 2014.

Documents
2014/01/22
   ECB - European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report
Details

Opinion of the European Central Bank (ECB) on a proposal for a regulation on the postponement of SEPA migration date.

The European Central Bank (ECB) received a request from the Council of the European Union for an opinion on a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council which would amend Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 by introducing an additional transitional period of six months. Under the proposed regulation, a ‘grandfathering clause’ would allow banks and other payment service providers to process payments that are non-compliant with Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 until 1 August 2014.

The proposed regulation has given rise to confusion in the markets on the deadline for migration and thus there is an urgent need for clear guidance . A further concern is the lack of legal certainty in the event that the proposed regulation is only adopted after the current deadline, i.e. 1 February 2014.

The ECB considered that it is of the utmost importance to reinstate legal certainty , reduce the confusion in the markets and provide them with clear guidance about the deadline. These objectives can best be ensured by a fast adoption of the proposed regulation by the Council and the Parliament, without any further alterations to its core elements.

To the extent that the fast track legislative procedure allows, the ECB proposed changes that aim to:

clarify the scope of the proposed regulation (the introduction of an additional transitional period, by way of derogation) and its justification (SEPA migration is unlikely to be fully completed by 1 February 2014); align the terminology of the proposed regulation with that of Regulation (EU) No 260/2012; ensure that the effect of the transitional period on the imposition of penalties is made clear (in order to ensure legal certainty, it must be made clear that penalties for transactions processed during the additional transitional period are excluded).

2014/01/21
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2014/01/21
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report by Sharon BOWLES (ALDE, UK) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

The committee recommended that Parliament’s position adopted in first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal.

Only slight linguistic changes have been made to the text.

It is important to note that for reasons of urgency it is justified to proceed to the vote before the expiry of the deadline of eight weeks laid down in Article 6 of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

Documents
2014/01/16
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2014/01/16
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2014/01/14
   EP - BOWLES Sharon (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in ECON
2014/01/09
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to amend Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 establishes common technical and business requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euro and as such is an important building block in the realisation of a single euro payments area (SEPA).

That Regulation sets 1 February 2014 as the end-date in the Eurozone for the migration of domestic as well as intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros towards SEPA credit transfers (SCT) and SEPA direct debits (SDD).

Considering the low migration pace in some Member States for SCT and in most Member States for SDD, it appears very unlikely that the SEPA migration will be fully completed on 1 February 2014 . However, in view of this legal end-date, banks and other payment service providers are likely to refuse from that date onwards to process legacy payments which are not SEPA compliant. In the absence of full migration to SCT/SDD, payment incidents leading to delays in payment or market disruptions cannot be excluded. These might affect all payment services users, and particularly SMEs and consumers.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: this proposal is not accompanied by a separate impact assessment, as an impact assessment for Regulation (EU) No. 260/2012 has already been undertaken.

CONTENT: this proposal seeks to amend Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 by introducing a grandfathering clause allowing banks and other payment service providers to continue also after 1 February 2014, for a limited period of time of 6 months , the processing of non-compliant payments through their legacy payments schemes alongside SCT and SDD.

A clear communication of such amendment will provide certainty to the payment service users that their payments will continue to be processed after 1 February 2014, and it will allow those that have not yet migrated to do so as rapidly as possible.

Under all circumstances, on-going information campaigns on the SEPA migration should continue. At the end of the grandfathering period, the Commission will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to ensure the full application of EU law by the Member States.

In view of the above and given the very short period of time left before 1 February 2014, this Regulation should be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council as a matter of urgency and enter into force without delay .

The proposal provides that the amendment applies as of 31 January 2014. This provision also allows for a retro-active application in case the proposal is not adopted by the European Parliament and the Council before 1 February but just after this date. This will avoid a legislative gap as of 1 February 2014 which would create legal uncertainty.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal does not have a budgetary impact for the Commission.

Documents

Votes

A7-0036/2014 - Sharon Bowles - Vote unique

2014/02/04 Outcome: +: 554, -: 12, 0: 7
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60
53
42
42
55
28
20
17
18
18
15
15
15
12
11
10
9
9
8
7
7
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3

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1

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Estonia PPE

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1

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2

Malta PPE

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1
2
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Netherlands S&D

3

Bulgaria S&D

2

Ireland S&D

1

Finland S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

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Estonia S&D

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Cyprus S&D

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Italy ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

1

Greece ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

2
3

Latvia ALDE

For (1)

1

Finland ALDE

2

Lithuania ALDE

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Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2
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United Kingdom Verts/ALE

3
3

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Portugal Verts/ALE

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1

Greece Verts/ALE

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

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Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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1
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Italy ECR

1

Belgium ECR

For (1)

1

Hungary ECR

For (1)

1

Denmark ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

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icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
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Spain GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Greece GUE/NGL

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Ireland GUE/NGL

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Cyprus GUE/NGL

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GUE/NGL

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1

Belgium EFD

For (1)

1

Netherlands EFD

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1

Bulgaria EFD

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1

Greece EFD

2

Slovakia EFD

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1

Denmark EFD

1

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26

France NI

2

Italy NI

2

Spain NI

1

Romania NI

2

Belgium NI

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Bulgaria NI

1

Hungary NI

1

Ireland NI

For (1)

1

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  • date: 2014-01-09T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2013&nu_doc=0937 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2013)0937 summary: PURPOSE: to amend Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits. PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 establishes common technical and business requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euro and as such is an important building block in the realisation of a single euro payments area (SEPA). That Regulation sets 1 February 2014 as the end-date in the Eurozone for the migration of domestic as well as intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros towards SEPA credit transfers (SCT) and SEPA direct debits (SDD). Considering the low migration pace in some Member States for SCT and in most Member States for SDD, it appears very unlikely that the SEPA migration will be fully completed on 1 February 2014 . However, in view of this legal end-date, banks and other payment service providers are likely to refuse from that date onwards to process legacy payments which are not SEPA compliant. In the absence of full migration to SCT/SDD, payment incidents leading to delays in payment or market disruptions cannot be excluded. These might affect all payment services users, and particularly SMEs and consumers. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: this proposal is not accompanied by a separate impact assessment, as an impact assessment for Regulation (EU) No. 260/2012 has already been undertaken. CONTENT: this proposal seeks to amend Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 by introducing a grandfathering clause allowing banks and other payment service providers to continue also after 1 February 2014, for a limited period of time of 6 months , the processing of non-compliant payments through their legacy payments schemes alongside SCT and SDD. A clear communication of such amendment will provide certainty to the payment service users that their payments will continue to be processed after 1 February 2014, and it will allow those that have not yet migrated to do so as rapidly as possible. Under all circumstances, on-going information campaigns on the SEPA migration should continue. At the end of the grandfathering period, the Commission will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to ensure the full application of EU law by the Member States. In view of the above and given the very short period of time left before 1 February 2014, this Regulation should be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council as a matter of urgency and enter into force without delay . The proposal provides that the amendment applies as of 31 January 2014. This provision also allows for a retro-active application in case the proposal is not adopted by the European Parliament and the Council before 1 February but just after this date. This will avoid a legislative gap as of 1 February 2014 which would create legal uncertainty. BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal does not have a budgetary impact for the Commission.
  • date: 2014-01-16T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2014-01-21T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2014-0036&language=EN title: A7-0036/2014 summary: The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report by Sharon BOWLES (ALDE, UK) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits. The committee recommended that Parliament’s position adopted in first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal. Only slight linguistic changes have been made to the text. It is important to note that for reasons of urgency it is justified to proceed to the vote before the expiry of the deadline of eight weeks laid down in Article 6 of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.
  • date: 2014-02-04T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=24047&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2014-02-04T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2014-0049 title: T7-0049/2014 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 554 votes to 12, with 7 abstentions, legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits. Parliament adopted its position at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of an agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council. The changes made to the text are only minor modifications of a linguistic nature. In a new recital, it has been stressed that, in view of the urgency of the matter , an exception to the eight-week period referred to in Article 4 of Protocol No 1 on the role of national parliaments in the European Union, should be provided. For reasons of legal certainty and in order to avoid any discontinuity to the application of Regulation (EU) No 260/2012, it is necessary that this Regulation enter into force as a matter of urgency and that it apply, with retroactive effect, from 31 January 2014.
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  • date: 2014-03-20T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to postpone the end-date in the euro area for the migration of domestic and intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros to the new SEPA-standard-based credit transfers and direct debits. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) No 248/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits. CONTENT: the amending Regulation postpones to 1 August 2014 the deadline for migration from national credit transfer and direct debit schemes to harmonised SEPA (single euro payments area) standards. The Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 260/2012 , which had set a migration deadline of 1 February 2014. The Regulation also states that Member States may allow payment service providers (PSPs) to provide payment service users (PSUs), until 1 February 2016 , with conversion services for national payment transactions enabling PSUs that are consumers to continue using BBAN on condition that interoperability is ensured. Despite the considerable efforts made by the European Central Bank, Member States, their national public authorities and market participants during recent months, the latest migration statistics show that the overall migration rate in the euro area to harmonised SEPA credit transfer (SCT) has only increased from 40 % in June 2013 to around 64 % in November 2013, while the overall migration rate towards SEPA direct debit (SDD) has only reached 26 %. It was therefore very unlikely that all market participants will be SEPA compliant by 1 February 2014. The postponement of the end-date will avoid unnecessary disruption of payments resulting from the fact that SEPA migration is not fully completed by 1 February 2014. Payment service providers should therefore be allowed, for a limited period of time, to continue the processing of payment transactions through their legacy schemes alongside their SCT and SDD schemes, as they are doing now. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 21.03.2014. The Regulation applies with retroactive effect from 31.01.2014. docs: title: Regulation 2014/248 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32014R0248 title: OJ L 084 20.03.2014, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2014:084:TOC
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  • PURPOSE: to postpone the end-date in the euro area for the migration of domestic and intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros to the new SEPA-standard-based credit transfers and direct debits.

    LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) No 248/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

    CONTENT: the amending Regulation postpones to 1 August 2014 the deadline for migration from national credit transfer and direct debit schemes to harmonised SEPA (single euro payments area) standards.

    The Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 260/2012, which had set a migration deadline of 1 February 2014.

    The Regulation also states that Member States may allow payment service providers (PSPs) to provide payment service users (PSUs), until 1 February 2016, with conversion services for national payment transactions enabling PSUs that are consumers to continue using BBAN on condition that interoperability is ensured.

    Despite the considerable efforts made by the European Central Bank, Member States, their national public authorities and market participants during recent months, the latest migration statistics show that the overall migration rate in the euro area to harmonised SEPA credit transfer (SCT) has only increased from 40 % in June 2013 to around 64 % in November 2013, while the overall migration rate towards SEPA direct debit (SDD) has only reached 26 %. It was therefore very unlikely that all market participants will be SEPA compliant by 1 February 2014.

    The postponement of the end-date will avoid unnecessary disruption of payments resulting from the fact that SEPA migration is not fully completed by 1 February 2014. Payment service providers should therefore be allowed, for a limited period of time, to continue the processing of payment transactions through their legacy schemes alongside their SCT and SDD schemes, as they are doing now. 

    ENTRY INTO FORCE: 21.03.2014. The Regulation applies with retroactive effect from 31.01.2014.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 554 votes to 12, with 7 abstentions, legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

    Parliament adopted its position at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of an agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council.

    The changes made to the text are only minor modifications of a linguistic nature.

    In a new recital, it has been stressed that, in view of the urgency of the matter, an exception to the eight-week period referred to in Article 4 of Protocol No 1 on the role of national parliaments in the European Union, should be provided.

    For reasons of legal certainty and in order to avoid any discontinuity to the application of Regulation (EU) No 260/2012, it is necessary that this Regulation enter into force as a matter of urgency and that it apply, with retroactive effect, from 31 January 2014.

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  • PURPOSE: to amend Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

    PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 establishes common technical and business requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euro and as such is an important building block in the realisation of a single euro payments area (SEPA).

    That Regulation sets 1 February 2014 as the end-date in the Eurozone for the migration of domestic as well as intra-European credit transfers and direct debits in euros towards SEPA credit transfers (SCT) and SEPA direct debits (SDD).

    Considering the low migration pace in some Member States for SCT and in most Member States for SDD, it appears very unlikely that the SEPA migration will be fully completed on 1 February 2014. However, in view of this legal end-date, banks and other payment service providers are likely to refuse from that date onwards to process legacy payments which are not SEPA compliant. In the absence of full migration to SCT/SDD, payment incidents leading to delays in payment or market disruptions cannot be excluded. These might affect all payment services users, and particularly SMEs and consumers.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: this proposal is not accompanied by a separate impact assessment, as an impact assessment for Regulation (EU) No. 260/2012 has already been undertaken.

    CONTENT: this proposal seeks to amend Regulation (EU) No 260/2012 by introducing a grandfathering clause allowing banks and other payment service providers to continue also after 1 February 2014, for a limited period of time of 6 months, the processing of non-compliant payments through their legacy payments schemes alongside SCT and SDD.

    A clear communication of such amendment will provide certainty to the payment service users that their payments will continue to be processed after 1 February 2014, and it will allow those that have not yet migrated to do so as rapidly as possible.

    Under all circumstances, on-going information campaigns on the SEPA migration should continue. At the end of the grandfathering period, the Commission will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to ensure the full application of EU law by the Member States.

    In view of the above and given the very short period of time left before 1 February 2014, this Regulation should be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council as a matter of urgency and enter into force without delay.

    The proposal provides that the amendment applies as of 31 January 2014. This provision also allows for a retro-active application in case the proposal is not adopted by the European Parliament and the Council before 1 February but just after this date. This will avoid a legislative gap as of 1 February 2014 which would create legal uncertainty.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal does not have a budgetary impact for the Commission.

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  • The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report by Sharon BOWLES (ALDE, UK) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) N° 260/2012 as regards the migration to Union-wide credit transfers and direct debits.

    The committee recommended that Parliament’s position adopted in first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal.

    Only slight linguistic changes have been made to the text.

    It is important to note that for reasons of urgency it is justified to proceed to the vote before the expiry of the deadline of eight weeks laid down in Article 6 of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

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