Just got this message from a friend of mine and thought it might be useful for you guys too. It specifically relates to events organized by our international running club network, but should also apply to translation payments.
"Since the 1st of July, a new EU-wide bank regulation has come into
effect. All transfers that supply a correct IBAN and BIC for the
destination account less than 12,500 Euros should be at the same price
as a domestic transfer.
The BIC is the Bank Identifier Code and the IBAN is the International
Bank Account Number. An account holder can request this information
from their bank at no charge. However, they should then inform people
making payments to them. Note that as an IBAN contains validation
information, there is little possiblity of a payment getting to the
wrong account. If you do not quote a correct IBAN/BIC combo, then
expect a service charge.
Note, this regulation is EU-wide, not just for the Euro-zone however
it only applies to payments made in Euros (strangely enough, also
Swedish Kronor). The countries mentioned include
ISO Codes: AT,BE,DE,DK,ES,FI,FR,GB,GF,GI,GP,GR,IE,IT,LU,MQ,NL,PT,RE,SE
(taken from table 4 in ECBS Standard TR201V2.2.25).
The regulation (in case you have to quote it) is 2560/2001 and it
came into effect on the 1st of July. This is an EU regulation not just
from the ECB. For some strange reason, many banks are trying to keep
this one quiet.
credit-card surcharges *should* also vanish within this area, but
remember that clearing credit cards is expensive and costs the
recipient up to 6% of the charge in processing fees.
When you see an away event organised in any of the above countries,
contact the organisers and get them to send you the IBAN and BIC of
their event account. Explain why and you are welcome to forward this
Email as an explanation. If you are organising an event, please make
sure that you advise people of the IBAN and BIC of the bank account
that you are using."
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