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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.
Mutual banks in France operate as regional cooperative banks, providing a broad range of retail banking products and services to local individulas, self-employed professionals and business entities. French mutual banks are not independent, rather they belong to a large banking group: BPCE, Credit Agricole,Credit Mutuel, Societe Generale.
There are about 180 specialized credit institutions operating in France. Such institutions are either focused on a specific set of products and services (for example, asset management, leasing and factoring, real estate financing) or on a specific customer group (for example, French Reunion residents, film and TV industry).