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Focus session (virtual)

Embracing instant payments

When, Where

18 April 2023, 9:30-12:30 CET
Virtual Event

Video recording

The event is available to watch again.


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Welcome and opening remarks

  • Ulrich Bindseil, Director General, Market Infrastructure and Payments, ECB

Europe embracing instant payments as the new normal

The European Commission’s legislative proposal on instant payments will push real-time payments forward and make them widely available to consumers and businesses in Europe. What initiatives are taken at a European level? How can it change the European payment landscape?


  • Marcel Haag, Director, Horizontal Policies, DG FISMA, European Commission

  • José Luis Langa Hernando, President of the European Automated Clearing House Association (EACHA)
  • Javier Santamaría, Chair of the European Payments Council (EPC)
  • Karine Themejian, Deputy Head of Division, European Central Bank

Moderator: Fiona van Echelpoel, Deputy Director General, Market Infrastructure and Payments, ECB


Moving to instant payments

Leverage on the experience and lessons learned from markets and banks that have successfully moved to instant payments. What approach was taken? What is the uptake of end-users?


  • Juraj Matejovic, Head of Payments, Slovenska Sporitelna

  • Stefano Favale, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Zita Zariņa, Member of the Council, Latvijas Banka

Moderator: Dimitri Pattyn, Deputy Director General, Market Infrastructure and Payments, ECB


TIPS – how it meets your needs


In many respects, TIPS is a unique platform for the settlement of instant payments. In this session, we will explain TIPS and unveil some of the features that illustrate its advanced technology.


  • Fabrizio Dinacci, ECB
  • Massimiliano Renzetti, Banca d’Italia

TIPS – the onboarding process


Learn more on how to join TIPS. Our experts will give you insights on how to onboard and guide you through the main steps of the journey.


  • Bobby Bashford, ECB
  • Géraldine Orcel, ECB

Closing remarks

  • Dimitri Pattyn, Deputy Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments, ECB

End of event

Audiovisual notice: The entire Focus Session will be live streamed, recorded and published on the ECB’s website shortly after the event, together with the slides presented.

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