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  • 4 May 2020

The T2-T2S consolidation project moves forward at full speed (update to news published on 25 March 2020)

SWIFT intends to delay the original migration date to ISO 20022 for cross-border payments by one year, from November 2021 to the end of 2022. This would not affect the launch date of the Eurosystem Single Market Infrastructure Gateway (ESMIG) and T2, the new real-time gross settlement system, which are being developed and rolled out as part of the T2-T2S consolidation project and are scheduled to go live in November 2021.

The ISO 20022 standard is available for financial entities to use for enhanced payments services. TARGET2-Securities (T2S) and TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) also support ISO 20022. Its adoption for T2 high-value payments is in progress as the European banking community prepares for user testing to begin, a step which is scheduled for March 2021.

The possible delay in migration to ISO 20022 for cross-border payments would, however, impact the plans to adopt ISO 20022 for correspondent banking business. European banks would need to adapt their strategies. In the interim period between November 2021 and the end of 2022, they would have to maintain their capability to send SWIFT Message Type (MT) payments and reporting messages in addition to the new infrastructure for ISO 20022. Although T2 will support enhanced ISO 20022 payment messages from November 2021, European banks would need to implement a market practice for payments in T2 which have a cross-border dimension.

The ECB and SWIFT have jointly developed a plan to ensure data compatibility between cross-border payments sent with ISO 20022 and the MT message type. This will help eliminate the risk of data truncation as financial institutions in the euro area migrate to the ISO 20022 standard as part of the Eurosystem Single Market Infrastructure Gateway. SWIFT will develop market practice rules and guidelines and provide message validation and translation software for cross-border payments to the T2 members.

The ECB and SWIFT will continue to work closely together during the ISO 20022 migration to ensure all market participants are able to realise the benefits that rich data services will bring to the market.