SEPA

The "Single Euro Payments Area" (SEPA) creates a single European market for payment instruments. The aim of SEPA is to enable payments to be made and received within Europe as efficiently and easily as if the transactions were being carried out within a single country. Therefore standards are being drawn up for the whole SEPA area for the three main payment instruments (credit transfers, direct debits and card payments). Moreover, the same legislation will apply to all the countries involved.

The Steering Committee on the future of means of payment: community consultation

Chaired by the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, the Steering Committee on the Future of Means of Payment accompanies and coordinates the implementation of SEPA in Belgium. The changeover to SEPA is led by the banking sector but is coordinated at community level in order to take full account of all the economic players involved and the complexity of the change.

The Steering Committee brings together all the parties involved at the highest level with the aim of ensuring that SEPA is introduced under the best possible conditions in Belgium. The Steering Committee is chaired by the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium and members include federal ministers, ministers from the Communities and Regions and representatives of companies, traders and consumers. It monitors the changeover to SEPA in Belgium based on a periodic progress report, drawn up by the SEPA Working Group which reports to the Steering Committee. The progress of this market-driven process is reviewed at regular intervals in order to enable a correct assessment to be made.

Migration in Europe

Migration in Belgium

02/12/2014

SDD - fin de la migration 31/08/2015

SDD - einde migratie 31/08/2015

21/03/2014

Communiqué de presse : SEPA – sprint final: la ligne d’arrivée est en vue

Persbericht: SEPA-eindspurt: Finish in zicht

10/03/2014 FAQ concernant la période de transition de SEPA Dutch - French
18/02/2014 Press release : Council of the European Union “Deadline for SEPA payments extended to 1 August”

This doesn’t change the Belgian decision to maintain the limited transitional period of 2 months! in French - in Dutch

30/01/2014

Communiqué de presse: La migration SEPA en Belgique reste centrée sur la date du 1er février 2014 et prévoit une période de transition limitée

Persbericht: De streefdatum voor de SEPA‑migratie in België blijft 1 februari 2014; er wordt een beperkte overgangsperiode voorzien

09/01/2014 Statement of the Eurosystem on SEPA Migration End Date
14/11/2013 Meeting ERP/IT-providers
24/10/2013

SEPA will be a fact on 1 February, 2014: companies must prepare now !

01/10/2013

Meeting Companies (Febelfin-Isabel-NBB) (pdf - 1M)

14/06/2013

5th Progress Report on the Migration (pdf - 1M)

14/06/2013

Press release regarding the publication of the 5th Progress Report on the Migration (pdf - 31k)

30/04/2013 Meeting for the Big-Billers (pdf - 1,1M)
  
15/04/2013

Meeting ERP/IT-providers

31/01/2013

Press Release (in French)

18/01/2013

Meeting for the Big-Billers (ppt - 2M)

18/10/2012

Meeting Consumers (ppt - 1,4M)

13/09/2012

4th Progress Report on the Migration (pdf - 495k)

13/09/2012

Press release regarding the publication of the 4th Progress Report on the Migration (pdf - 68k)

08/06/2012

Meeting : ERP/IT-providers and accountants (pdf - 470k)

03/05/2012

Meeting : umbrella organizations (ppt - 2M)

22/02/2012

Overview of the European regulation concerning the SEPA migration end-dates (Dutch - French)

19/01/2012

Meeting for the Big Billers regarding an end date regulation and the migration towards SDD (ppt - 1,2M)

26/04/2011

Meeting regarding the proposal for a Regulation establishing technical requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euros (ppt - 2,4M)

February 2011

Summary of the proposal for a Regulation concerning the SEPA migration end-dates (Dutch - French)

29/10/2010

Third progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium (pdf - 218k)

29/10/2010

Press release regarding the publication of the Third progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium (pdf - 75k)

21/09/2010

Meeting ERP/IT Providers (pdf - 1057k)

22/03/2010

Meeting regarding the entry into force on 1 April 2010 of the law on payment services and regarding the European direct debits:

29/10/2009

SEPA Seminar

10/12/2009

The Belgian legislation

06/03/2009

Second progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium (pdf - 6413k)

06/03/2009

Press release regarding the publication of the Second progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium (pdf - 25k) 

October 2008

The Belgian SEPA Migration Plan 4.0 (pdf - 516k)

17/10/2008

Communiqué de presse: Utilisation croissante du virement européen

12/12/2007

First Progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium (pdf - 944k)

12/12/2007

Press release: First progress report on the migration towards SEPA in Belgium - NL (pdf - 32k) - FR (pdf - 25k)

12/05/2006

Press release: Establishment of a working group for the implementation of the Single Euro Payments Euro or SEPA at every level of society (pdf - 39k)