EP pushes for lower card payment fee caps: EP has voted on amendments to the proposals on bank interchange fees. It says the charges for card transactions are not always clear to customers and wants to cap the interchange fees that banks charge for processing transactions. It also proposed greater protection for online payments, and lower costs and a wider choice of payment services for consumers. The proposal will not proceed further in the current parliament, but the new parliament will receive the up-to-date position so it can decide to restart from this point if it wishes. EBF has said that EP's approved cap for debit card transactions, set at seven euro cents where the Commission proposed a cap of 0.2% per transaction, would mean that banks may pass payment costs to consumers in other ways. (Source: EP Pushes for Lower Card Payment Fee CapsTexts Adopted and Payment Package Still Needs Work After EU Parliament Vote

EP announces last votes of term: EP has announced that, in the last plenary session of its seventh term, to be held in Strasbourg between 14 and 17 April, it will vote on the political agreements reached with the Council on the Single Resolution Mechanism, the MiFID 2 package, UCITS 5, the PRIPs, payment accounts and the central securities depositories Regulation. (Source: Draft Agenda Plenary Session 14-17 April)