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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘European Economic Area’

Euronet Launches Prepaid Card Issuing, Processing and BIN Sponsorship Solutions Across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 maggio 2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (Nasdaq:EEFT), announces the launch of end-to-end prepaid card issuing, processing and BIN sponsorship solutions in Europe.Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., under the supervision of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is now providing both electronic money and payment services through card issuing, BIN sponsorship and payment card acquiring. By passporting the e-money license across the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) territory (except Monaco), Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is able to issue cards and process transactions across the entire European Economic Area (EEA).Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is also a member of MasterCard Europe sprl., thus allowing issuing of open loop products across the SEPA region containing MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands. Open loop cards provide cardholders the ability to use electronic funds at any MasterCard branded locations around the world.The European prepaid cards market is forecast for year-on-year double digit growth and widely acknowledged as the sector with the greatest growth opportunities in the next five years. Euronet’s complete prepaid card solution provides non-FCA licensed organizations with the ability to quickly, easily and cost effectively enter the prepaid card arena. Card users have the optimal ability to reload their cards using the vast POS, ATM and partner bank network of Euronet Worldwide in addition to its epay and RIA subsidiaries throughout Europe.Standard features of Euronet’s prepaid card solution include the support of physical and virtual cards, for one-time, gift card or reloadable use. Contactless functionality is also supported by MasterCard Paypass, allowing low value transactions to be performed on appropriate devices without the need to insert a card or PIN into a terminal. With prepaid card solutions live or under implementation in 10 European markets, Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. understands the underlying needs of each individual EEA market and is at the forefront of developing relevant and profitable features to meet customer needs.”Euronet Worldwide’s technological infrastructure, combined with the reach, capability and proven track record of its existing client base, clearly positions Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. and its partners to monetize the projected growth of this sector,” stated Ian Dickinson, Managing Director of Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. “Euronet’s processing pedigree, combined with our extensive capability and geographic footprint provides our customers and prospects with an opportunity to offer solutions to their clients without any material up-front expenditures, ensuring their ability to protect, grow and evolve their business and market share with speed and security,” added Nikos Fountas, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Euronet Europe EFT Division.Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, consumer money transfer and bill payment services, and electronic distribution for prepaid mobile phone time and other prepaid products.

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Mercury Direct Provide Handy Travel Tips For Malta Holidaymakers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2012

London Leading holiday specialists offer five helpful money-saving travel tips before heading to Mediterranean archipelago Even though we’re only two months into the New Year, holidaymakers are already beginning to book their 2012 holiday jaunts to sun-filled lands abroad. Malta is without doubt one of the most popular foreign tourist destinations among British holidaymakers. The sultry year-long weather conditions coupled with the wide use of the English language makes this Mediterranean archipelago favoured by both couples and families a-like. Leading holiday specialists, Mercury Direct- while providing cheap, quality Malta holidays – are now also offering handy, money-saving travel tips; ensuring their customers are well equipped before travelling to Malta in 2012.Without further ado, here are Mercury Direct’s five money-saving travel tips:
Do not change money at the airport: Exchange rates at UK airport bureaux de changes’ aren’t favourable and far less generous than those along the high-street, so make sure you change your hard-earned money before heading to the airport.
Apply for a European Health Insurance Card: The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to get state-provided health care in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries at a reduced cost. Applications are free and the card is valid for five years. However each countries healthcare system is different, so make sure you check Malta’s before travelling.
Make sure your passport is valid: Firstly, travellers won’t need a visa to gain entry into Malta- as it’s part of the European Union. However all Mercury Direct customers must have a minimum of six months left valid on their passport after their planned Holiday return date. Obtaining a new UK passport on such short notice is both irksome and costly.
Always pay in pound sterling on the plane: Covertly airlines charge a currency exchange fee. They may advertise the cost of items in pound sterling however when prices are quoted in euros, the mark-up is excessively high.
Make sure you’re covered with travel insurance: Travel insurance is an essential part of any planned holiday. Policies can save holidaymakers thousands of pounds when those unfortunate accidents or incidents do in fact happen. Mercury Direct advises all their customers to purchase travel insurance before booking their holiday abroad.

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