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Visa Inc. to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) announced its participation in the following investor conference.On Wednesday, December 4th, Vasant Prabhu, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Wells Fargo TMT Summit in Las Vegas. The discussion will begin at 11:25 a.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately 30 minutes.Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. Our relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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Visa Chief Financial Officer Vasant Prabhu Appointed Company Vice Chairman

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 maggio 2019

Visa Inc. announced today that Vasant Prabhu, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee, will take on the added title of Vice Chairman for the global payments technology company.As part of his expanded role, Prabhu will take an active role in representing Visa at payments industry forums and serving as a valuable voice with key constituents on business issues of strategic importance to Visa and its clients. Additionally, he will provide strategic counsel on major initiatives and geographies important to Visa’s future growth.“I have extraordinary respect for Vasant,” said Al Kelly, Visa CEO. “He is a strong strategist with a deep knowledge of our business, and is very well regarded in the industry. This expanded role will enable us to leverage his expertise in new and meaningful ways.” Prior to joining Visa, Prabhu worked at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s finance function as well as the operations and technical services division. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Prabhu served as the chief financial officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. since 2004.In 2010, Prabhu was named Vice Chairman of Starwood. At Starwood, he was responsible for all financial functions, information technology and a range of corporate functions. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Safeway Inc., and held senior leadership roles at The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Prabhu holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Visa’s Board of Directors Elects Visa CEO Al Kelly as Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 aprile 2019

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. as Chair of the Board, effective as of April 16, 2019. Mr. Kelly will continue to serve as Visa’s Chief Executive Officer, a role he has held since December 2016. Mr. Kelly will succeed Robert (Bob) Matschullat as Chair of the Board. Mr. Matschullat will continue to serve on the Board and as Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. The company also announced that the Board unanimously elected John F. Lundgren, a member of the Board since April 2017, as Lead Independent Director, also beginning April 16, 2019.
In evaluating the Board’s leadership structure, the Board considered the relevant merits of combining the roles of Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and appointing a strong Lead Independent Director, versus keeping the roles of Chair and CEO separate. The Board concluded that Al Kelly was the person best suited to serve as Chair of the Board at this time, providing consistent leadership and a unified voice for the company. In addition, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to independent board leadership by appointing John Lundgren to a robust Lead Independent Director role. Mr. Lundgren is an experienced leader, having led Stanley Black & Decker and The Stanley Works as CEO for 12 years and Chairman for 9 years.“On behalf of the Board, we are pleased to appoint Al as Visa’s Chair, in addition to his continuing role as Chief Executive Officer,” said Bob Matschullat, previous Chair of the Visa Board of Directors. “Al has made a significant impact on the company during the past few years as Visa’s CEO. The Board believes Al’s strategic vision, proven leadership capabilities and deep payments expertise make him the right person to lead Visa both as CEO and as Chair of the Board into the future. The Board is also pleased that John Lundgren, with his decades of leadership experience and fresh perspective in the Board room, has stepped into the role of Lead Independent Director.”

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Visa Inc. to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 marzo 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, Vasant Prabhu, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the 2019 Wolfe FinTech Forum in New York City. The discussion will begin at 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time and last for approximately 40 minutes.Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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Upgraded EU visa information database to enhance security at external borders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Committee would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to store issued visas, to verify that a person presenting a visa is its rightful holder and to identify persons found on the Schengen territory with no or fraudulent documents. The reform would enable the system to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU’s external border management The Civil Liberties Committee agreed to the following changes to VIS: mandatory security checks across all databases (such as for example Eurodac and the Entry-Exit System) to detect applicants using multiple identities and identify anyone posing security or irregular migration risks;
inclusion of long-stay visas, including the so called golden visas, and residence permits in the database to close security information gaps;
the age for obtaining fingerprints and facial images of minors will be lowered from 12 to 6 years, to help identify and trace missing children and establish family links;
a more structured access to Europol and law enforcement authorities to VIS data for the prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or other serious crimes or for the search and identifying of missing or abducted persons and victims of trafficking, and Quote.
Rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT) said: “We are securing our territory before people reach our borders. We are enhancing the screening of third country nationals, including those with golden visas. We will have better tools for return. We will prevent child trafficking and better identify criminals and terrorists. This is a future proof VIS.”The draft report was adopted by 30, to 8, 3 abstentions on Monday. The Full House will likely vote on the draft report in the first March plenary.The Civil Liberties MEPs agreed that the new rules should become applicable two years after their publication. Eu-LISA agency will be responsible for the development and management of the upgraded VIS database.

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Paidy Announces Strategic Investment from Visa

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 agosto 2018

Paidy Inc. (“Paidy”), an instantly-issued post-pay credit provider, announced an investment from Visa (NYSE:V) as part of the company’s Series C funding. Paidy is Japan’s first instantly-issued post-pay credit service for ecommerce consumers. In addition, the two companies are partnering on new digital payment experiences that will give Japanese consumers more options when buying online and in-store.Paidy does not require pre-registration or a credit card to use; Paidy consumers purchase products online using a mobile phone number and email address (verification is established though a four-digit code sent via SMS) and settle all their purchases in a single monthly bill. Paidy also supports instalment and subscription payments. There are currently over 1,500,000 Paidy users. Visa is working to develop and support new payment methods, as the world moves beyond plastic and towards digital credentials. In 2017, the scale of the domestic ecommerce market in Japan expanded by 9.1% to 16.5 trillion yen.2 Japan is among the world’s fastest growing ecommerce markets3, but is also heavily reliant on cash. Visa and Paidy have a shared objective to offer consumers more convenient alternatives to current popular payment methods, like cash on delivery. The companies’ collaboration will also support Paidy’s expansion into new types of services for their customers.“We have been following Paidy’s progress and the enhanced shopping experience they provide at the time of purchase,” said Chris Clark, Regional President, Asia Pacific, Visa. “In Japan there is enormous opportunity to bring consumers more options to pay, whether all at once or in instalments, especially when shopping across multiple channels. We look forward to this partnership to deliver these kind of new experiences.”Russell Cummer, Founder and Executive Chairman of Paidy said, “We are extremely honoured that Paidy’s business concept was highly valued by the world’s largest payment network, Visa. Through this tie-up, we expect to deliver Paidy’s frictionless and intuitive transactional credit to a much broader audience. Furthermore, by adding new payment functions and diverse financial services, together with Visa, we can promote our vision of removing barriers and create unique consumer experiences for as many people as possible.”

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Nuovo programma Airport Companion riservato ai titolari Visa

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 gennaio 2018

visa1Londra. Visa in partnership con DragonPass ha lanciato il programma Airport Companion riservato ai titolari Visa, ideato per fornire una serie di vantaggi esclusivi in grado di rendere ancora più piacevole l’esperienza di viaggio. I servizi verranno offerti ai viaggiatori attraverso le istituzioni finanziarie che emettono carte Visa in Europa e che hanno aderito all’iniziativa. I titolari Visa abilitati potranno accedere a oltre mille sale lounge e a una serie di sconti riservati nei ristoranti degli aeroporti. Alcuni dei titolari potranno inoltre accedere ad alcune caratteristiche premium come trasferimenti, spa, code veloci e coupon digitali per pasti e bevande gratuite. Il Programma mette in grado i titolari Visa di gestire la loro partecipazione attraverso un’app dedicata che consente loro di effettuare pagamenti, ricevere suggerimenti dedicati e altro ancora.L’offerta di servizi targata DragonPass è abilitata a livello tecnologico da Visa Developer Platform che utilizza le Api (le Application Programming Interface) di Visa per abilitare il processo (senza interruzioni) di verifica dell’account e di abilitazione al programma, rendendo più semplice per le banche l’integrazione del programma all’interno delle proprie app e la definizione di servizi per la loro specifica base clienti e in base ai loro obiettivi commerciali. Un processo digitale semplificato diinstallazione fornisce alle istituzioni finanziarie la capacità di sviluppare servizi rapidamente e in grado di rispondere efficacemente ai loro requisiti. DragonPass inoltre abilita le istituzioni finanziarie nella gestione di campagne su misura per segmenti per ottimizzare il servizio, guidando l’acquisizione, la fidelizzazione e l’incremento del valore percepito dai clienti.
La presenza globale di DragonPass sta crescendo rapidamente e può contare attualmente su oltre mille lounge e oltre 2000 restauranti convenzionati all’interno degli aeroporti fruibili dagli utenti a livello mondiale.Il programma offre sconti in un’ampia gamma di outlet, dalla Caviar House di Magala a Los Clos di Dubai, e l’accesso alle sale lounge più confortevoli come la Maple Leaf lounge a Francoforte e la Plaza Premium Lounge all’aeroporto di Londra Heathrow.

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Visa Debuts an Interactive Shopping Experience for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 dicembre 2017

Visa Olympics Innovation & Commerce UnveilVisa (NYSE: V), the official payment technology partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is making it possible for you to dress like your favorite Team USA athlete. Fans at home watching the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be able to buy Team USA apparel with just a few clicks using Visa Checkout. For the first time during the Olympic Winter Games, NBC will direct viewers to a newly launched platform where they can browse and buy gear from the Team USA Shop worn by athletes from the mountain to the medal podium.As a leader in payment innovation, Visa continues to showcase the future of digital payments and bring the excitement of the Games closer to fans all over the globe. This new platform is an extension of Visa’s Olympic Winter Games commerce experience, including the recently announced wearable payment devices, such as payment-enabled gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic Winter Games pins, all commercially available in South Korea. The wearables allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.In an effort to make the online checkout process faster and simpler for fans, Visa is the preferred payment method on the shopping platform, and fans can spend more time catching medal-worthy moments by paying with Visa Checkout.“Visa is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring seamless commerce experiences to fans,” said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa. “While the wearables will transform the payment experiences for fans attending the Games, this integrated shopping experience is Visa’s way of imbedding the future of retail into the viewing experience for those fans cheering on Team USA at home.”As home to the Olympic Winter Games, NBC will integrate the platform into on-air prompts and digital channels, directing fans to a new shopping experience that features similar products to what they are seeing on athletes. The featured gear from the Team USA Shop, powered by Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports merchandise and official ecommerce partner of Team USA, will include sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, t-shirts, hats and more, and purchases will support the Team USA athletes. While the platform is now live with apparel available for purchase, the Opening Ceremony will mark the first time the shopping platform will update in real-time, and continue throughout the Games.“We are committed to making the at-home viewing experience as engaging for fans as possible,” said Dan Lovinger, EVP, Ad Sales and Sales Marketing, NBC Sports Group. “Incorporating a retail component into our broadcast is just another way fans can bring the Games into their home and support their favorite athletes.”Team Visa athletes, including Americans Mikaela Shiffrin, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy and Hilary Knight, will be featured on the platform when they are competing or appearing. Click here to find the current roster of Team Visa PyeongChang 2018 athletes. (photo: Hilary Knight)

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Parliament approves Ukraine visa waiver

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 aprile 2017

ucrainaBruxelles. Ukrainian citizens will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements, after Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on Thursday. Under the new law, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes, but not to work. The exemption applies to all EU countries, except Ireland and the UK, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.“Ukraine has achieved all the benchmarks, sothe visa requirement should be lifted”, noted rapporteur for the proposal Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), adding that the visa waiver will be a “another very strong message that Ukraine is a key partner for the European Union in the Eastern Partnership”.The legislation, approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. It is likely to enter into force in June, 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.Before exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements, the EU strengthened the visa waiver suspension mechanism, to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

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Lancio in Europa della Everywhere Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

visaBarcellona, Spagna – 27 febbraio 2017 – Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ha annunciato il lancio anche in Europa della propria Everywhere Initiative, un programma volto all’innovazione, pensato per incoraggiare lo sviluppo di prodotti e servizi che rappresentino la “next big thing”, in un mercato, come quello attuale dei pagamenti, che sta vivendo una rapida evoluzione dalle carte di pagamento di plastica al digitale. I partecipanti a questa prima edizione europea del contest si contenderanno un premio da 50.000 euro per dare vita a un programma pilota con Visa, o in partnership con i clienti di Visa, ricevendo allo stesso tempo il supporto qualificato degli esperti di business e in tecnologia di Visa e un accesso privilegiato alle API del network di pagamento. Oltre a questo programma europeo, visto il successo delle passate edizioni, Visa riproporrà anche nel 2017 la Everywhere Initiative in Nord America, America Latina e Asia.
Considerato il grande dinamismo che attualmente caratterizza il settore dei pagamenti, la Everywhere Initiative di Visa ci permette di esplorare un’ampia gamma di idee che risolvano sfide imprenditoriali, che influenzino lo sviluppo dei nostri prodotti, che supportino i nostri clienti e formino la nostra cultura dell’innovazione” ha affermato Shiv Singh, senior vice president innovation and strategic partnership di, Visa Inc. “Ogni volta che lanciamo questo programma in una nuova regione del mondo, raggiungiamo l’obiettivo di attrarre imprenditori di talento con grandi idee volte al mondo dei pagamenti. Ci aspettiamo risultati allo stesso modo straordinari anche per l’Europa nei mesi a venire.”
A partire dal mese di marzo 2017, Visa invita le imprese in Europa a candidare le proprie soluzioni per il business che rispondano ad una delle tre sfide seguenti:
• Local Community Challenge, rivolta alle comunità locali: come possono le tecnologie per i pagamenti digitali supportare la creazione di prodotti che connettano le persone tra loro e arricchiscano le comunità locali?
• Regional Intercity Challenge, per la mobilità interurbana: come possono le tecnologie per i dispositivi mobili e i dispositivi connessi trasformare l’esperienza del viaggio nelle diverse città?
• International Travel Challenge, per i viaggi a livello internazionale: come possono nuovi prodotti e servizi, basati sulle API Visa, regalare un’esperienza di viaggio a livello internazionale senza complicazioni o problematiche? (foto: visa)

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Georgia visa waiver approved by Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 febbraio 2017

Georgian citizens will be able to enter the Schengen area without a visa for short stays, under a new law passed by Parliament on ThurSchengensday. The legislation still needs to be formally approved by the Council and will only enter into force once the suspension mechanism, which allows the temporary reintroduction of visas in the event of migration surges or risks to public security, is in place.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), acknowledged the “broad and complex reforms” carried out by Georgia in order to get the visa waiver and thanked the country’s authorities and citizens for their consistency and patience. She also congratulated them on the strength of their democratic conviction and noted that the visa exemption brings the country closer to the EU.
Under the visa exemption, endorsed in plenary by 553 votes to 66, with 28 abstentions, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work.
Tbilisi has complied with all the benchmarks of its visa liberalisation plan, the text notes, underlining that “continuous fulfilment by Georgia of such criteria, especially on the fight against organised crime, will be duly monitored by the Commission.”
The visa waivers apply to the Schengen area, which includes 22 EU member states (all except Ireland, the UK, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria), plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The legal change transferring Georgia from the list of countries whose nationals need a visa to enter the EU (the “negative” list) to the list of countries exempted from this requirement (the “positive” list) will have now to be approved by the Council of Ministers. Following its formal signature, the text will be published in the EU Official Journal.

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Visa suspension mechanism: Parliament and Council negotiators strike a deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 dicembre 2016

The EU Commission and member states will be able to reimpose visa requirements faster and more easily under new rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Wednesday. Parliament´s rapporteur for the preuropean commissionoposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), noted that “the changes agreed provide flexibility for the rapid activation of the suspension mechanism”. He also underlined that the deal “will facilitate the immediate consideration of the two visa liberalization proposals for Georgia and Ukraine.”
According to the deal, visa requirements may be reintroduced for a non-EU country in one or more of the following cases:
· a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country refused entry or irregularly staying in the EU territory,
· a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications, or
· a lack of cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants).
Visas could also be reintroduced in the event of threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.The informal deal will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday around noon. If approved, it will still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole, probably next week, and national governments.
The review of the visa suspension mechanism, which has existed since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, currently under discussion.
Under the draft law, both member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the suspension mechanism. The Commission will be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfill visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend the visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension.If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional period of 18 months. Both MEPs and member states can object to this decision.The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted of visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them.
Targeting categories of third country nationalsThe suspension of the visa waiver may target certain categories of nationals of the third country concerned. The draft text stresses, however, that categories will have to be sufficiently large to address the specific problems detected while being proportionate to the threat. The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland.

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Parliament backs visa waiver agreements with five Pacific states

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cThe European Parliament backed on Thursday short-stay visa waiver agreements between the EU and the states of Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands. EU citizens will be able to travel visa-free to the five Pacific countries, and their citizens to the EU, for stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period.The visa waiver covers all categories of persons (ordinary, diplomatic, service/official and special passport holders) travelling for all kinds of purposes, except for carrying out a paid activity.
According to Parliament´s rapporteur for the agreements, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), the visa deals represent a culmination of the deepening of relations with those countries and show the EU´s commitment to the region. The EU is currently negotiating Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with fourteen Pacific countries, including these five.

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Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2016

parlamento europeoPlans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions, and that for Georgia by 44 votes to 5. Following the abolition of visas for the citizens of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2009 and for Albania and Bosnia and Hercegovina in 2010, Kosovo was left isolated as the only Balkan country whose citizens still needed a visa to travel to the EU. It started the visa liberalisation process in 2012, four years after all the other countries in its neighbourhood.One of the 95 criteria the country should fulfil before obtaining the visa waiver is to ratify the border agreement with Montenegro, still pending.Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI), believes that lifting the visa requirements will send a powerful signal to Kosovars, so that the country does not lose its EU accession hopes and aspirations and thus pursues its stability and democratic reform efforts. Regarding the non-recognition issue (five EU countries do not recognize Kosovo), the draft legislation states that the abolition of visas does not affect the individual positions of the EU member states on Kosovo’s status.
The EU-Georgia visa liberalisation dialogue started in 2012 and by the end of 2015, the EU Commission had concluded that the country had fulfilled all the benchmarks. Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, believes that the visa waiver is an important instrument for stepping up economic and cultural relations and intensifying political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms.More efforts are necessary, however, in areas such as freedom of the media, independence of the judiciary, the fairness of elections and increased participation of women and national minority representatives, says Ms Gabriel.
The Committee approved the opening of negotiations with the Council on the Georgia proposal (with 44 votes in favour, 5 against and 1 abstention), with a view to reaching an agreement at the first reading, as well as the composition of the negotiating team. On Kosovo, MEPs rejected starting talks with the Council, with 24 votes to 25.

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I consumatori europei pronti all’uso della biometria per la sicurezza dei pagamenti

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 luglio 2016

sistema riconoscimentoSecondo una recente ricerca Visa (Visa Inc – NYSE: V) i consumatori europei sono favorevoli all’utilizzo della biometria nei sistemi di pagamento in particolare quando è integrata con altre misure di sicurezza. Circa tre quarti della popolazione europea (73%; 76% la media italiana) ritiene l’autenticazione a due fattori, cioè nei casi in cui un parametro biometrico è utilizzato in combinazione a un dispositivo di pagamento fisico, un metodo sicuro per autentificare il titolare al momento del pagamento. L’autenticazione a due fattori implica un qualcosa che si ha, come una carta o un telefonino; un qualcosa che si è, come un parametro biometrico; oppure qualcosa che si sa, come un PIN o una password. Oltre due terzi dei consumatori, 68%, desiderano usare soluzioni biometriche per l’autenticazione nei pagamenti per lo shopping sia a casa che in giro per negozi. La quota di consumatori propensi alle tecnologie di biometria sale al 74% in Italia, la più alta registrata in Europa. Per gli esercenti online, in particolare, questa è un’opportunità da cogliere tempestivamente, considerando che il 31% dei consumatori ha abbandonato l’acquisto online a causa del processo di sicurezza del pagamento. […]
Tuttavia al momento la sfida maggiore per la biometria si colloca in quegli scenari in cui è l’unica forma di autenticazione utilizzata. […] I sistemi biometrici di riconoscimento funzionano al meglio se combinati con altri fattori quali il dispositivo fisico, le tecnologie di geo-localizzazione e metodi di autenticazione aggiuntivi […]
La popolarità delle impronte digitali – La ricerca, con uno studio condotto su oltre 14mila consumatori europei, rivela che la familiarità e la conoscenza delle forme di biometria sono fattori fondamentali per il progresso in questa direzione. Con il sopraggiungere dei pagamenti tramite dispositivi mobili, il riconoscimento delle impronte digitali sembra essere il metodo biometrico più promettente per la sua facilità di utilizzo e la sicurezza […] oltre la metà dei consumatori (53%) dichiara di prediligere le impronte digitali […]La chiave tra sicurezza e facilità dei processi d’acquisto – Oltre due terzi dei consumatori (67%) riconosce l’importanza dei dettagli di sicurezza per proteggere la propria identità: […] La ricerca ha rilevato, infatti, che l’autenticazione biometrica è considerata importante in egual misura sia negli acquisti face-to-face, quando cioè efficienza e velocità sono prioritarie, sia nelle transazioni online.
Tutto ciò si rispecchia nei risultati della ricerca:
· Il 48% vorrebbe usare l’autenticazione biometrica per i pagamenti sui trasporti pubblici
· Il 47% desidera utilizzare metodi di autenticazione biometrica per i pagamenti al bar o al ristorante
· Il 46% li utilizzerebbe per tutto lo shopping, dalla spesa quotidiana al caffè ai pagamenti al fast-food
· Il 40% vorrebbe utilizzarlo per l’e-commerce
· Il 39% per pagare contenuti scaricati online (foto: sistema riconoscimento)

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European Commission Approves Visa Inc.’s Acquisition of Visa Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 giugno 2016

san franciscoSan Francisco CA Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) Yesterday announced that the European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd. by Visa Inc. Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition. The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016. Visa will announce the closing once it has occurred.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are identified by words such as “will,” “is expected,” and other similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements Visa Inc. makes about the likelihood and timing of the closing of the acquisition.

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Civil Liberties MEPs back visa waiver agreement with Peru

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

Lima_Peru_01Civil Liberties MEPs backed on Tuesday the EU-Peru visa waiver agreement under which Peruvians will be able to travel visa-free to the EU territory and EU nationals to Peru for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period. The draft recommendation, approved with 50 votes in favour and 1 against, will now have to endorsed by the Parliament as a whole.The agreement, which is being applied provisionally since 14 March, pending approval by the EP, covers all categories of persons (ordinary, diplomatic, service/official and special passport holders) travelling for all kinds of purposes, except for carrying out a paid activity.In her report, the civil liberties committee rapporteur, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), considers that the visa waiver will enhance economic and cultural relations between the EU and Peru and will intensify political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms. She also notes that Peru was one of a minority of Latin American countries still subject to visa requirements by the EU.The deal will not apply to UK and Ireland, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation. In the case of France and the Netherlands, the provisions of the agreement apply only in their European territories.

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Un visa pour la recherche d’un emploi: vers une nouvelle politique de mobilité pour les ressortissants de pays tiers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

Policy paper par Yves Pascouau. Ce Policy paper d’Yves Pascouau, chercheur associé à l’Institut Institut Jacques Delors, s’inspirant de la liberté de circulation des citoyens européens et s’appuyant sur l’arsenal juridique et technologique de contrôle aux frontières extérieures de l’UE, propose la création d’un visa pour la recherche d’un emploi.
L’Union européenne (UE) est confrontée à une crise migratoire et des réfugiés sans précédent qui se développe dans un contexte politique très difficile. L’adoption de mesures d’urgence et l’adaptation des politiques migratoires et d’intégration au nombre et au profil des nouveaux arrivants vont occuper durablement l’agenda politique en obligeant à penser autrement la gestion du phénomène migratoire. Si, en l’état actuel, la gestion de la crise prévaut, elle ne doit toutefois pas reporter sine die la réflexion sur le contenu d’une politique européenne d’immigration et plus précisément sur la question de l’immigration de travail. Dans ce domaine, les ambitions de la Commission Juncker sont mesurées et visent à améliorer l’existant plutôt que de proposer des solutions innovantes pour répondre aux défis à venir.Yves Pascouau propose d’aller plus loin dans la réflexion en s’appuyant sur un triple constat. L’immigration de travail est le « parent pauvre » de la politique migratoire de l’UE. Elle ne figure pas en bonne place dans les relations bilatérales de l’UE avec ses proches voisins. Enfin, les politiques de contrôles (frontières et visas) développées au cours des dernières années alimentent davantage l’immigration irrégulière et les réseaux de passeurs qu’elles prétendent pourtant combattre.
Il identifie une voie d’action inspirée, d’une part, de la liberté de circulation des citoyens européens, qui en un demi-siècle n’a pas généré de « vague migratoire » entre les États membres, et, d’autre part, de « l’arsenal » juridique et technologique mis en place pour assurer le contrôle des personnes aux frontières extérieures de l’UE. Partant de cette antinomie – entre liberté et contrôle – il propose de créer un visa pour la recherche d’un emploi. Si l’idée n’est pas nouvelle, la proposition s’appuie sur la mise en synergies des expériences et dispositifs existants qui la rendent ainsi « concevable » dans un paysage politique sensible où aborder la question migratoire est devenu « toxique ». En pratique, des ressortissants de pays tiers limitrophes (tels que le Maroc, la Tunisie ou l’Ukraine) pourraient, sous conditions spécifiques, obtenir un visa pour venir chercher un emploi dans l’UE. Un mécanisme de suivi serait mis en place à partir des bases de données développées dans le domaine de la politique migratoire. L’obtention d’un emploi permettrait de résider dans l’UE. Dans le cas contraire, le retour dans le pays d’origine avant l’expiration du visa serait nécessaire et n’empêcherait pas d’introduire une nouvelle demande de visa. Enfin, en cas de non-respect des règles et sans retour dans le pays d’origine avant l’expiration du visa, un système de sanctions serait organisé, reposant sur le rejet de toute demande ultérieure de visa et une interdiction d’entrée dans l’UE. Ce visa pour la recherche d’un emploi donnerait plus de consistance au concept de mobilité, qui reste actuellement limitée au visa Schengen de court séjour, et n’engagerait qu’un « risque » migratoire minimal, compte tenu des dispositifs technologiques de surveillance qui permettent aujourd’hui un suivi plus efficace des parcours migratoires et en particulier des entrées et sorties. Enfin, il contribuerait à desserrer le nœud qui pèse sur l’immigration légale et alimente l’immigration irrégulière, en créant une « nouvelle respiration » entre les espaces et les hommes. (foto: Policy paper)

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Visa doubles down as a technology player with the launch of Visa Developer

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 febbraio 2016

visa“The recent launch of Visa’s Developer platform marks a significant shift for the global payments network, and indeed the broader digital payments space. With a host of API’s offering a full mix of payment functionality, all built on Visa’s underlying core network, Visa is opening up its full capabilities directly to the broader digital ecosystem while cementing its place in the future of payments. While many legacy bank players have been hesitant to see Visa as primarily a technology company, rather than a network provider, Visa Developer will significantly extend its reach to app developers of all varieties, from startups through to technology giants.”
“The explosion in growth for payment providers such as Stripe and Braintree has provided a broader shift in thinking in the payments space, with a focus on developer friendly tools, that are flexible and easy to deploy. Whereas traditionally, the choice of payment provider was largely an accounting and finance issue, developers have now come to the fore as key decision makers in payments. The API-fication of payments will continue to gather momentum, and has the potential to lead to a significant increase in new payment services and functionalities.”“By providing the tools for developers in start-ups, and indeed amongst major enterprises, this ultimately helps protect Visa from the risk of disintermediation. The brand visibility of Visa will likely fall into the background in some deployments, but the company will nonetheless form the backbone of these services. This will help to ensure transaction volumes remain high in an increasingly cardless world, and keep Visa at the centre of the digital payments ecosystem. This also means that newer Visa services, such as Tokenization, and P2P push payments can spread more rapidly to a wider end user base than may have been possible on a traditional bank by bank approach.”“Perceptions are slowly changing as Visa expands its technological services and offerings, but Visa Developer’s direct appeal to the developer community gives it scope to circumnavigate existing bank partners and significantly increase its role in the broader digital payments market. By expanding its positioning, particularly in terms of live deployments and on the ground offerings, this will help to speed up its strategic realignment with its core bank partners.”

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Oltre 12,6 miliardi di euro transati su prodotti prepagati Visa in 291 milioni di operazioni

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 novembre 2015

Con il 16% di crescita delle carte prepagate emesse e un incremento del 12% della spesa su POS in tutta Europa rispetto a giugno 2014, Visa Europe ha celebrato il forte apprezzamento in tutta Europa dei suoi prodotti e servizi prepagati in occasione del Prepaid Summit Europe 2015, organizzato da Cards International, e tenutosi ieri a Milano. Visa Prepaid, il comparto delle prepagate Visa Europe, dopo quindici anni dal suo debutto nel mercato europeo, si conferma un’offerta con proposizioni attrattive, che continua a crescere anno dopo anno, sia in termini di carte in circolazione sia in termini di volumi.I dati più recenti di Visa nel settore prepagato attestano questo apprezzamento e visala crescita in Europa. A giugno 2015 le carte prepagate in circolazione hanno registrato un incremento del 16% – vicino alle 40 milioni di unità – così come il numero di operazioni presso terminali POS che riportano una crescita del 15%, mentre la spesa presso i POS registra 12 punti percentuali in più rispetto a giugno 2014.Il mercato delle prepagate sta crescendo costantemente con una base di consumatori trasversale, che incrocia diverse demografiche. I titolari di carte di tutte le fasce d’ età e di reddito riconoscono ai prodotti prepagati un ruolo positivo nella gestione delle proprie finanze. Poiché le carte prepagate sono più facili da usare nello shopping online, hanno un limite di spesa e sono più semplici da controllare, questi prodotti sono di gran lunga più popolari tra i millennial e le nuove generazioni, che rappresentano una quota rilevante degli shopper nel canale online.Grazie alla robusta penetrazione e all’apprezzamento da parte dei millennial, insieme all’uso intensivo online e nelle categorie viaggio e turismo, le carte prepagate sono la piattaforma ideale ove collegare soluzioni e tecnologie innovative. Visa Prepaid è diventato negli ultimi anni sinonimo di innovazione, giocando un ruolo centrale nell’introduzione e nella diffusione dell’e-commerce in Europa e rappresentando per milioni di europei la chiave di accesso agli acquisti online e ai digital wallet. A oggi, il 60% delle transazioni Visa Prepaid avviene online. Gli stessi atteggiamenti verso i prodotti prepagati Visa sono riscontrabili in tutta Europa a prescindere da età, reddito, contesto di vita e istruzione.Mentre Visa Prepaid sta crescendo in tutta Europa, ora che i consumatori europei usano i loro dispositivi mobili per funzionalità bancarie e di pagamento, esiste una chiara opportunità di convergenza dei pagamenti prepagati e mobile. Un caso emblematico è Postepay Visa, la carta prepagata più di successo in Europa. L’uso di Postepay Visa copre un numero molteplice di aree, comprese e-commerce, viaggi, rimesse, crowdfunding e carte per giovani, come nel caso di IoStudio Postepay che è una carta identificativa dello studente e incorpora anche la funzione prepagata per benefici speciali dedicati agli studenti teenager. Le carte Visa Postepay godono anche di uno dei programmi loyalty di maggiore successo in Italia, ossia “Sconti BancoPosta,” che offre sconti in migliaia di esercizi commerciali anche online. E, infine, Postepay Visa può essere utilizzata anche in ambiente mobile attraverso il mobile wallet di Poste Italiane, che conta un alto numero di carte attive.
“Stiamo assistendo alla prossima evoluzione del segmento prepagato,” dichiara Andrea Fiorentino, Head of Mobile Market Readiness, Business Strategy & Innovation in Visa Europe. “Il prepagato è mainstream e fornisce un’opportunità senza eguali di concepire prodotti e servizi prepagati che siano consoni a diversi gruppi di consumatori. Nel 2015, con la diffusione delle tecnologie di pagamento contactless e mobile NFC, spesso basate su una soluzione prepagata, ci stiamo ulteriormente muovendo verso una società cashless. I prodotti prepagati sono i migliori per incorporare le nuove tecnologie e trend, e in qualsiasi form factor; sono fortemente usati online e preferiti dai ‘first mover’. Mentre lo scenario dei pagamenti continua a scaldarsi, i prodotti prepagati uniti a servizi digitali emergeranno come alternative popolari al banking tradizionale e consentiranno ai titolari di accedere a una più ampia gamma di opzioni di pagamento off, online e mobile”.Visa Prepaid ha registrato la migliore performance in Italia, il più esteso mercato prepagato in Europa. L’Italia è un mercato che molti nel settore dei pagamenti prendono a riferimento come caso di successo poiché ha mostrato cosa si può ottenere attraverso lo sviluppo dei prodotti prepagati ed è a stato, ed è tuttora, un luogo ideale per testare nuovi prodotti e servizi innovativi. In Italia le carte prepagate Visa sono da considerare degli strumenti di pagamento mass-market che supportano il mercato. A fine giugno 2015 le carte prepagate Visa in circolazione in Italia erano oltre 14 milioni, pari al 36% di tutte le carte prepagate Visa che circolano in Europa.Nel nostro Paese, le carte prepagate Visa hanno registrato volumi di spesa ai POS per €7,8 miliardi, +8% rispetto al 2014, che rappresentano il 61% di tutto lo speso in Europa presso POS su prepagate Visa.Per loro natura, le soluzioni prepagate garantiscono una migliore gestione del budget e offrono sia ai consumatori sia alle imprese un’alternativa sicura per trasferire denaro e per controllare più strettamente le spese. Il settore aziendale di Visa Prepaid si sta rapidamente espandendo, e laddove le imprese preferiscono usare prodotti prepagati per monitorare i costi operativi quali gli incentivi e i pagamenti quotidiani, si assiste a una rapida crescita. In particolare Visa Prepaid, oltre agli utilizzi tradizionali del prepagato aziendale, vede un grande potenziale nelle economie startup, crowdfunding e crowdsharing,.“Le carte prepagate Visa sono percepite con tutti i benefici che ciascuno di noi si attende da Visa. Oltre che comode e semplici da usare, hanno il vantaggio di poter essere ottenute anche senza un conto corrente o una storia bancaria già consolidata. E ciò significa disponibilità e attivazione immediata. Questa facilità di accesso ha stimolato il successo di questo comparto. Il prepagato non solo è il metodo di pagamento non-cash a più alto tasso di crescita in Europa, ma anche la piattaforma sulla quale espandere l’accesso per i soci, i mercati, gli esercenti e i partner e rendere più semplice beneficiare dei vantaggi Visa.” ha concluso Bertrand Sava. (foto. visa)

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