The Opportunities of SEPA – a User Perspective

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May 30, 2006

SEPA Conference Report

On May 30th, TWIST hosted a meeting in Brussels to explore the user perspective for a Single Euro Payment Area with interested stakeholders, and members of both the European Commission and European Parliament.

The aim was to bring together relevant users and decision makers in the SEPA process. TWIST explored the benefits of SEPA and the solutions that will deliver an open payments market across the EU, with free and easy customer access to the payment services of their choice. TWIST also discussed how such an open market would enable European business for any company, large or small, to be as easy as throwing a switch.

Speakers and panellists at the event included:

  • David Deacon, European Commission – DG Internal Market and Services Presentation
  • Jan Molema, IKEA – Manager for EU Affairs Presentation
  • Hans-Reiner Frank, BP – European NCT Manager
  • Claes Norgren, Swedish Competition Authority – Director General
  • Harry Leinonen, Bank of Finland – Advisor to the Board Presentation
  • Eric Sepkes, director of cash management strategy EMEA at Citigroup


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