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Data presentation - Summary description

The PAY dataset currently contains information on: 

  • Statistics on high level total payment transactions sent and received (e.g. total credit transfers, total direct debits, or total cheques)
  • Euro area aggregates
Methodological information
Source data type

National data are collected and compiled by EU NCBs

Time period

Quarterly or semi-annual

Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the PAY underlying DSD (ECB_PAY1) maintained by the ECB.

Statistical unit

Pure number, EUR (euro area Member States) and domestic currencies (non-euro area Member States)

Statistical processing
Data validation

Structured Feedback Reports and confirmation of data by NCBs

Data revision - policy

Revisions to historical data are transmitted alongside data reported for the latest reference period

Administrative Information

Payments transactions (key indicators)

Data source

National Central Banks in the European Union

Contact organisation

DG-S Financial Statistics (MOE/FINS)

Quality management

Logical and plausibility checking


Data are published 7 months after the reference period for semi-annual data. Quarterly data is published together with the semi-annual data (data for two quarters published at a time).

Release policy - release calendar
Dissemination format

ECB’s Statistical Data Warehouse; time series to the ESCB; updated documentation in the ECB’s website

Dissemination format - news release
Documentation on methodology
Technical Information

Download the series catalogue containing a full list of series and associated metadata of the dataset PAY in CSV format (zipped)

Dataset last update
18 March 2024 10:00 CET
Metadata last update
9 November 2023 10:05 CET