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Blue Book entitled “Payment and securities settlement systems in the European Union”

2 August 2005

Addendum incorporating 2003 figures

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).

This publication, also known as the “Blue Book”, provides a comprehensive description of the main payment and securities clearing and settlement systems in the countries that comprised the European Union at the time of publication, and covers 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 addendum published today incorporates the figures for 2003. It has been prepared in association with the national central banks of the countries concerned.

The report and the addendum can be downloaded from the ECB’s website. Printed versions will be available from the national central banks of the countries featured, as well as from the ECB (at the address indicated below).

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