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Data presentation - Summary description

The PCN dataset currently contains information on card functions.

Methodological information
Source data type

National data are collected and compiled by EU NCBs

Time period

Annual data since 2000 to ongoing (annual frequency not available for all series)

Semi-annual data since 2022 to ongoing

Frequency of data collection


Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the PCN underlying DSD (ECB_PAY11) 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

PCN – Number of cards issued by resident PSPs by card function

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.

Release policy - release calendar
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 PCN in CSV format (zipped)

Dataset last update
31 January 2024 10:00 CET
Metadata last update
8 November 2023 11:20 CET