In June 2000, a new European project was launched to establish an "electronic Payment Systems Observatory". The project itself was performed by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, one of eight institutes belonging to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Among the activities of the "observatory" was the publication of a monthly electronic newsletter edited by ITAS, which was designed to present and comment developments and events in the field of Internet payment systems and electronic commerce. The electronic newsletter was expected to contribute to an overall increase in awareness of e-payment related problems and to stimulating debate. Up to June 2002, a total of 15 issues of the newsletter were published. During this time, the newsletter was available free of charge.
Following the successful completion of the trial operation, EPSO was transferred to the European Central Bank in 2003.
Expanding Niches. Some Results of an Online-survey about Online shopping and Paying.
2002. ePSO-Newsletter, (14), 109–111
Cross with old banking boys’ cross-border retail payment networks.
The innovation dynamics of Internet payment systems development.
2002. The IPTS Report, Special Issue: e-Payment Systems Challenges for Europe, 63, 26–33
Ukraine - From “Specific Units” towards electronic payments.
2002. ePSO-Newsletter, (15), 125–126
How can PKI-services take off in Finland? From one ID-card to multiple company and customer cards.
2002. ePSO-Newsletter, (12), 74–76
Hanganu, Marian (interview by Arnd Weber): Mobile Banking on Low-cost Networks in Romania.
2002. ePSO-N, 15 (2)
Fast electronic purses and transport tickets in Japan.
On hype, sacred cows, data holes, and how to cope with them.
Integration of internet payment systems - What’s the problem?.
Innovations for an e-society. Challenges for technology assessment - A note on the e-commerce track of the conference.
Electronic Payments 2001 - Food for Thought.
Electronic Payment Systems. Strategic and Technical Issues. Background paper No. 1 Electronic payment systems observatory (ePSO).
European smartcard industry takes a position on e-purse interoperability.
The need for an international infrastructure for low-value payment systems.
2000. The IPTS Report, (2000) No.42, 38–42
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