What is a SEPA certificate?

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SEPA stands for Single European Payments Area. It is an initiative of the banking industry, the European Central Bank and the European Commission to improve and streamline banking and financial transactions within Europe.

The SEPA area refers to an area within the European continent where payments can be made and received in euros on equal terms between the different countries that are part of it.

SEPA serves such practical purposes as allowing immediate transfers within its payment zone. The time it takes to make an international transfer is practically the same as with a national transfer when it is a SEPA transfer.

In other words, if you send money by SEPA transfer to the account of a bank located in this zone, it will only take one business day to arrive, just like a domestic transfer. On the other hand, the process can take between 2 and 5 working days for a bank outside the SEPA area.

What is sepa in Spain

SEPA is the area in which citizens, companies and other economic agents can make collections and payments in euros, within and outside national borders, under the same basic conditions, rights and obligations, regardless of location.

This type of payment comprises 36 countries: the 27 countries which are members of the EU, as well as 3 countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and 6 non-EEA countries (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Vatican City State).

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SEPA Network

SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) is an area in which consumers and companies can make collections and payments, within and across national borders, under the same basic conditions and with the same rights and obligations, regardless of their location. SEPA is made up of the 27 Member States of the European Union, together with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Monaco.

The “end date” or date after which national payment instruments (“legacy”) with SEPA equivalent cannot be used has not yet been set. However, last December 16, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation. It establishes the deadlines for the migration of national payment instruments (credit transfers and direct debits) to the new SEPA payment instruments.

The proposal is based on the establishment of the technical characteristics to be met by both credit transfers and direct debits. It also sets the deadlines for the fulfillment of these requirements:

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Customers can make payments in any country of the SEPA Zone through an account, a card or payment instruments with identical characteristics. In addition, the maximum time limit for crediting transfers is 1 working day following the date of issue by the ordering institution.

The identifier of an account is no longer the CCC (Customer Account Code), in SEPA it is the IBAN Code (International Bank Account Number), composed of the CCC, preceded by the country code and a check digit. Here you can calculate your IBAN code.

What is a SEPA certificate?
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