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Blue Book

The Blue Book contains information (text edition) and data (statistics edition) on the main payment and securities settlement systems in EU member states and is prepared by the European Central Bank (ECB) in collaboration with the central banks and the data providers of the countries concerned. The Central Bank of Malta collects and provides the relevant data in respect of Malta. Latest editions of the Blue Book may be found on the ECB’s Blue Book webpage.

The text edition gives a descriptive guide to the payment and settlement systems in the EU member states/accession countries at the time of publication. The descriptions cover both the domestic and the cross-border aspects of the systems. The text edition mainly covers various aspects which have an impact on the payment and settlement systems, payment media used by non-banks, interbank transfer and settlement systems, and also systems for the trading, clearing and settlement of securities. Text editions of the Blue Book are available in the links below:

Payment and Securities Settlement Systems in the European Union, Blue Book (data for period 2001-2007), Volume 1: euro area countries (4,640kb)

Payment and Securities Settlement Systems in the European Union, Blue Book (data for period 2001-2007), Volume 2: non-euro area countries (4,926kb)

Payment and Securities Settlement Systems in Accession Countries, Blue Book (data for period 1996-2001) (4,301kb)

The statistics edition of the Blue Book which provides statistics on payment and securities settlement systems in the EU, used to be published on an annual basis in a printable PDF format.

Since November 2007, the ECB discontinued the PDF format of the statistical edition and replaced it with data availbale in an interactive medium through the ECB's Statistical Data Warehouse. The main advantages of this new format is that users can download datasets as and from when they require.

ECB Statistical Data Warehouse

The Statistical Data Warehouse gives comprehensive statistics of the main payment and securities settlement systems operating in the EU member states/accession countries at the time of publication.

 

 


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