Definition: Payment service
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).
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