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Payment and securities settlement systems in the European Union and in the accession countries - addenda incorporating 2002 figures

15 April 2004

The European Central Bank (ECB) is today publishing the latest addendum to the June 2001 report entitled “Payment and securities settlement systems in the European Union” (third edition) and the latest addendum to the August 2002 report entitled “Payment and securities settlement systems in the accession countries” (second edition).

These publications, also known as the “Blue Books”, provide a comprehensive description of the main payment and securities clearing and settlement systems in the Member States of the European Union (EU) and in the accession countries respectively, covering both the domestic and cross-border aspects of these systems.

While the descriptive parts are updated once every few years, the statistical data are updated annually. The addenda being published today incorporate the figures for 2002. They have been prepared in association with the EU national central banks and with the national central banks of the accession countries.

The report and the addenda can be downloaded from the ECB’s website. Printed versions will be available from each of the national central banks of the EU, from the national central banks of the accession countries and from the ECB (at the address indicated below).

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