European Parliament adopts the Directive on payment accounts

Hand about to drag the magnetic stripe of a credit card in a cash register

"With these new rules we intend to make a real difference in the lives of millions of EU citizens. Improving the transparency and comparability of fees in the payment accounts [...] will enable consumers to benefit from better offers and lower costs for their payment accounts. Universal access to basic payment accounts will encourage more people to profit from the new opportunities which derive from them". Statement by Commissioner Barnier