Definition: Payment service

ECB terminology

Business activity consisting in the execution of payment transactions on behalf of a natural or legal person, where at least one of the payment service providers is located in the European Community. For the purposes of payments statistics, a payment service is understood as the acceptance by an entity (e.g. a credit institution) of a payment transaction for further execution (which may be the task of another entity) by way of cashless clearing and/or settlement. Payment service is not linked to providing technical infrastructure (e.g. telecommunication or payment terminals installed at retailers) or to providing the settlement (e.g. payment system).
Source:
European Central Bank, Guideline of the European Central Bank of 1 August 2007 on monetary, financial institutions and markets statistics (recast), Official Journal of the European Union No L 341, 27.12.2007, p. 1 - 232
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