The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) has considered that the transfer of social payments to the Bank card “the World” can lead to restriction of competition on the payment market and infringe upon the rights of citizens. About it reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to Deputy head of control of financial markets FAS Lily Belyaev.
December 22, the state Duma was introduced a bill which provides for the transfer of the Russian banks all payments of state employees until January 1, 2018 to the map of the national payment system “World”.
As told Belyaeva, FAS has considered the draft law and sent to the Central Bank its conclusion. According to her, the adoption of this document “may lead to restriction of competition on the market of payment systems and the infringement of the rights of citizens, including in connection with the establishment of the necessity of obtaining them a different kind of budget payments only on account of the operation which are carried out with the use of payment cards “the World.”
The Chairman of the Duma Committee on financial markets and the author of the bill to transfer all social benefits to Bank card “the World” Anatoly Aksakov believes that despite the statement of the FAS, the MPs will support the bill.
In conversation with Aksakov has reminded that terms of service with the help of the national payment system was adopted in 2014, and then the FAS didn’t mind. The MP stressed that his bill only sets forth the terms of the adopted three years ago solution. “I am surprised by the statement of the FAS about the restriction of competition. It didn’t seem fair,” — said Aksakov.
The head of the Duma Committee on financial market, added that information about the letter to the Central Bank from credit institutions opposed to the transfer of social payments on the card “the World”, is not true. “According to my information there is no letter, and no one is going to write,” said Anatoly Aksakov.
Earlier on Thursday the newspaper “Kommersant” reported that several banks are preparing a letter to the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina with a request not to impose this requirement. The sources noted that to prepare an appeal are going Alfa-Bank, OTKRITIE, Promsvyazbank other banks. In their opinion, the requirements of the new bill are contrary to antitrust law and destroy the existing payment infrastructure.
The head of Sberbank German Gref on 19 January, confirmed that the Bank opposes the transfer of all social and budget payments on the card “the World”. According to him, the market of payment systems in Russia should be created equal conditions of competition. “If you have any preferences for any system, it leads to higher cost of services and to a drop in quality. So I think that is actually very important to preserve the equality of competitive conditions”, — said Gref (quoted by TASS).
In 2014, Russia had established a national system of payment cards, after due to the imposition of U.S. sanctions Russian banks had problems with international payment systems Visa and MasterCard. “The world” is its operator. In October 2016, wrote that the Bank of Russia has set a deadline of issuing cards to state “Peace”, which will be billed monthly salary. Banks must issue cards by 1 January 2018. By November 2016 card “the World” was released about 1.5 million pieces.