QED Virtual Conference on Instant Payments

6 July 2021 | 14.30 - 17.00 CET | Virtual networking from 14.00




14.30 - 14.35   Introductory remarks by Jack Schickler Senior Financial Services Correspondent, MLex Market Insight

14.35 - 15.10   Introductory remarks by speakers 

15.10 - 16.10   Panel Discussion and Q&A

16.10 - 17.00   Virtual networking



Discussion points


•  How are instant payments developing in Europe?

•  Should instant payments become the ‘new normal'?

•  Is legislation needed to achieve this or are the other policy options that would be more suitable?

•  How do we avoid fragmentation?

•  Should banks and PSPs be mandated to adhere to the SEPA SCT Instant Payments rules?

•  Does instant payments currently offer sufficient consumer protection?

•  What are the costs, and should instant payments be price regulated?

•  The European Commission’s vision is “competitive and home-grown payment solutions, supporting Europe’s economic and financial sovereignty”. To what extent is this vision shared by different industry players, merchants, consumers and other stakeholders?

•  What is needed to boost pan-European instant payments in Europe and encourage further uptake?

•  What is needed in terms of standardization to support the development of pan-European instant payments?





Holger Neuhaus Head of Division, DG Market Infrastructure & Payments,  European Central Bank

Katarzyna KobyliƄska-Hilliard Policy Officer unit B3, DG FISMA, European Commission

Hendrik Frank Head of EU Affairs, Deutsche Kreditbank AG & Board member, Payments Europe

Jonathan Quin Head of Europe Strategy, Ant Group

Alexis Waravka Head Digital and Competitiveness, Independent Retail Europe

Jean Allix Special Advisor, BEUC


Moderated by Jack Schickler Senior Financial Services Correspondent, MLex Market Insight




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