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Oliver Grun: the situation is very unsatisfactory “Aachen / Berlin, November 29, 2013 finance has considerable share of it, that many medium-sized companies and clubs until now and so far too late on the SEPA direct debit change,” explains Dr. Oliver Grun, President of the German IT-Mittelstand Association (BITMi). Thus, the BITMi President reacts, inter alia on the news of the Federal Government or the Commerzbank, clubs and the middle class were insufficiently prepared for the migration. Permanent changes of the legal opinions to the national implementation of the SEPA directive in Germany, the slow conversion of the processing of SEPA within the banks and not individualized brochures advice of the banking institutions have led, that it is now too late for many”Green explains.

Deadline is 1st February: then, electronic payments are both international as national companies and associations in the new SEPA format consistently carried out. Who is not in time, in danger of insolvency. It was no clear legal situation “, ensure the BITMi President criticized: in September changes from the August meeting were announced again of the SEPA Council at the German Bundesbank, which affect the use of SEPA systems again changing. These changes must have felt especially medium-sized IT service provider, as also already active SEPA changeovers are repeatedly modified. This situation of constantly changing legal opinion is very unsatisfactory from the point of view of IT SMEs, often acting as a service provider to the direct debit a deposit,.” A transitional period of at least twelve months would be for the extremely complex migration was needed, in which neither the legislation nor the technical Formats, even the procedures change constantly, emphasizes green. Especially in the middle class, the changeover work take several months.

“His clear call: finance must not draw from the responsibility and not replace the necessary substantial individual advice by handing a brochure.” The policy is also invited to consider a transitional period. The German IT-Mittelstand Association: The German IT-Mittelstand Association (BITMi) represents over 1,000 companies in the IT and thus is the largest professional association for medium-sized only interests.

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