ECPA represents “domestic card schemes” and organisations managing essential functions such as type approval within the European Economic Area.
ECPA was founded in June 2014 as a non-profit Association to represent the interests of its Members on subjects which impact the use and / or users of payment cards or similar payment instruments, including measures intended to promote the creation of a single European market for card payments (SEPA for Cards)..
To this effect, ECPA:
- monitors, evaluates and responds to relevant legislation proposed in the EEA,
- maintains a dialogue on behalf of its Members with organisations such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, the Euro Retail Payments Board, the European Banking Authority, EMVCo, and PCISSC and other National, European or International bodies which are active in relevant areas of interest of its Members, including but not limited to legislation, security and standardisation concerning cards, card transactions and similar payment instruments.
Membership of ECPA is open to:
- card schemes whose brand is currently used only within the European Economic Area (EEA) and which are commonly known as “domestic card schemes” ;
- organisations which manage essential functions such as type approval only within the European Economic Area (EEA).
As of 20th January 2017 ECPA Members include :
- BANCOMAT (Italy), Bancontact (Belgium), BankAxept (Norway), Borica-BankService (Bulgaria), Cartes Bancaires “CB” (France), EURO 6000 (Spain), LINK (UK), Nets Denmark/Dankort (Denmark), ServiRed (Spain), SIBS MB (Portugal), and Sistema 4B (Spain)
- the UK Cards Association, the Dutch Payments Association (Betaalvereniging Nederland), and the PAN-Nordic Card Association.
Contact: David Stephenson
Tel.: + 33 (0) 6 72 83 20 58