The EU directive on payment services, PSD2 (Payment Services Directive 2), allows third-party payment service providers, also known as TPPs (Third Party Payment Service Providers), to access the payment account services of credit institutions under the supervision of the European Banking Authority.
This means that third parties, authorized by their customers, will be able to access their payment accounts in order to start a payment transaction on their behalf and/or recover the status and transactions of the account in order to offer value-added services.
Arquia Banca will offer access to TPPs, through open APIs, to the following services:
TTPs that meet the registration, authorization and supervision requirements of the competent authorities of each State, will be able to access Arquia Banca's APIs, its technical specifications and its testing environment through the following link:
Below you will find the Support contacts depending on the access environment:
Contact details for queries or incidents occurring during the technical setup process in the Sandbox testing environment:
Telephone service: 917282321
Customer service hours: 12x5 (Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Contact details for queries or incidents occurring in the production environment:
Telephone service: 917282321
Customer service hours: 24x7 (Monday to Sunday 00:00 am - 11:59 pm)
TPP will have a service enabled in Arquia Banca for all queries or incidents, in the following email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening hours: 24x7 (Monday to Sunday 00:00 am - 23:59 pm).
Below you will find the quarterly statistics published on the availability and performance of APIs and the interface used by their payment service users:
Availability Technical Statistics
Performance Technical Statistics
Conditions for payment services PSD2
On 4 December 2009, the Payment Services Act entered into force. Its main objective was to guarantee that payments made within the European Union, specifically, TRANSFERS, DIRECT DEBITS and payment transactions made by CARD, could be carried out with the same ease, efficiency and security as domestic payments inside Member States.
Implementation of the Payment Services Act brought important benefits to all European Union citizens; as payments are deposited more quickly, the costs associated with certain transactions could be shared between the originator and the beneficiary. Furthermore, citizens now had a longer period to return bills.
Nevertheless, the passage of time, the change in our consumption habits, the increased use of technology, the increase in e-commerce and the search for greater security led the Payment Services Act to evolve towards PSD2, or the Directive on payment services and electronic transactions, approved by the EU Parliament and Council on 23 December 2015.
The main objective of PSD2 is to improve both the security and the convenience of managing payments, especially those made through the Internet. Therefore, now any payment you want to make through an electronic platform with your mobile phone, tablet or computer is much more secure and transparent, and your personal data is further protected.
To make this a reality, a series of security actions and measures have been established that strengthen the identification process, and the necessary communication mechanisms have been defined so that you can grant or withdraw your consent for initiating or executing any payment order whenever you wish.
This European regulation has also brought another series of benefits for all payment service users, such as:
You should also be aware that, with this change in payment regulations, new possibilities have emerged that will allow you to access new and innovative financial services; these will be provided by both traditional financial institutions and other third-party companies:
In both cases, if you decide to aggregate your accounts or initiate a payment directly through a third party, you must always provide your consent to access your accounts, show their details or manage a payment. Consequently, before you accept the conditions, we recommend that you always read all information in detail, understand what your data will be used for and be sure that you are in a secure environment.
If you want to know more about your rights when making payments in Europe, click on the attached file.