EBAday 2022: Reasons Digital Payments Will Dominate This Year

April 20, 2022

Previously we have talked about the rise of digital payments brought on by the pandemic and how they are gaining traction globally; in the near future, the use of digital wallets are likely to become mainstream.

A recent 2022 Global Payments Report by FIS revealed that as of 2021,BNPL accounted for 8.5% Europe’s commerce transaction value in 2021. Far above that of North America’s share at 3.8%.

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The report found that in 2021, credit cards were overtaken by digital wallets in Spain. Their use accounted for 30.3%. Debit cards, bank transfers and cash on delivery (COD) are expected to decline through to 2025, while digital wallets, credit cards and BNPL are seeing a steady increase. 

(...) e-commerce in Europe will continue to shift toward alternative payment methods and away from cards, with digital wallets leading e-commerce payment methods accounting for 26.7% of transaction value in 2021. Research from Juniper echoes this finding, and predicts that digital wallet users will exceed 4.4 billion globally by 2025, as mobile drives digital payments revolution.

The changes come with its own set of challenges. While digital platforms are making it easier for customers to create a direct bridge to their financial institutions, fintechs and payment service providers need to deal with the challenges that come with it.

Part of this process will come down to new regulatory frameworks which seek to rectify fragmented or non-integrated value chains, platforms and the unbundling of financial services. Research from Juniper echoes this finding, and predicts that digital wallet users will exceed 4.4 billion globally by 2025, as mobile drives digital payments revolution.

2022 will bring with it the EU’s Digital Strategy, and this will give a leg up to financial institutions and fintechs to focus their services around the new regulations that will emerge.

Regulators themselves are also beginning to provide technical advice to the EU Commission on how to future-proof the financial services ecosystem, which is targeted at tackling regulatory fragmentation across EU member states.

This advice will focus on understanding the direction in which the regulations and overseeing of fragmented value chains, platform business models and mixed activity groups, such experimentation of new financial services by big tech.

New technology is becoming increasingly available, this digitalization means payment providers need to adapt and overcome the challenges that come with operating around a new operating model.

You can learn more in  Finextra and the Euro Banking Association’s highly anticipated EBAday 2022, held on the 31st of May and the 1st of June in Vienna, Austria.

Want to learn more? Check out Finextra’s full write up here.

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