An employee puts euro currency banknotes into a money counting machine (Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg)

EU Plans Low-Fee Euro Transfers for All Member States

(Bloomberg) -- The European Commission proposes to bring down costs for cross-border euro payments within the EU and to make currency conversions fairer for consumers.

  • Under existing rules, cross-border payments in euros within the 19-nation euro area can’t cost more than a domestic transaction; this benefit should be extended to all 28 EU member states, commission says
  • Proposal would reduce transaction fees to a few euros or even cents, while today, bank transfers can cost as much as 24 euros in some non-euro area member states, according to the commission
  • Proposal will apply to bank transfers, card payments, cash withdrawals
  • Commission also proposes to bring more transparency to payments that involve currency conversions so that consumers are aware of the costs
  • Users of payment services are expected to save EU900m per year, commission says in impact assessment

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