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The United Kingdom hosts around half of all electronic money institutions (EMis) registered in the European Economic Area, which provide a broad varieties of solutions to individuals, companies and merchants. Aggregated total assets of British EMIs in 2018 were around 11 bln GBP, 77 EMIs reported increase in total assets which is together with the increased number of EMIs indicates growth in this sector.
Lithuania is a dynamic European innovation and fintech hub, having all necessary conditions for its fintech ecosystem to grow and develop, namely support from the government, favorable taxation system, progressive regulatory rules, multi-disciplinary talent pool, innovative infrastructure. Electronic money institutions (EMIs) play an important role in the fintech ecosystem of Lithuania: out of more than 200 fintech companies registered in the country, over 60 are electronic money institutions.
Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is an initiative of the European Union aimed to ensure that customers can make cashless Euro payments to anywhere within SEPA area in a fast, safe and efficient way, just like national payments. SEPA plays fundamental role in improving efficiency of cross-border payments and integrating fragmented national markets for Euro payments into a single one.
Retail banking is an important component of German banking sector, represented by a large number of banks with different origin and business focus. Apart from two nationwide networks of local cooperative and savings banks, there are independent banks, regional state banks, and specialized banks.
With high standard of living in the Netherlands making it an favorable investment and private banking destination for both domestic and foreign banking groups, retail banking remains an essential part of the Dutch banking sector. About half of the retail banks offer their products via the Internet, while there are also several pure direct banks.
Direct banking is a relatively new way of delivering banking products and services to the customers via direct channels, meaning that a direct bank operates without brick-and-mortar branch network and its services are provided via online banking, mobile banking, ATM networks, and even mail. As direct banks don't have an expensive branch network, the resulting cost savings are passed on to the bank's customers which allows to offer fair conditions in all product areas.
Savings banks (Sparbanker) in Sweden are regulated by the Savings Banks Act which sets a the system of principals including involvement into ecomonic and social life of local communities. Swedish savings banks provide full range of retail banking products and services to regional individuals, self-employed professional and companies.
Danish banking sector is characterized by large size in terms of total assets, high degree of concentration, and prevailing share of domestic banks over foreign-controlled banks. These characteristics are applied to major banks in Denmark as well.
Located in the center of Western Europe, Belgium is a high-income and well diversified economy. Belgian banking sector is broadly diversified not only in terms of international presense: provided products and services range from traditional for BeNeLux international private banking, asset and wealth management offered to individuals, business entities and institutions to modern investment banking, securities trading and custody services.