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ECB contemplates development of basic digital euro app

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At the same time, the app would respond to the preferences of certain end users who have called for an independent access channel in which basic functionalities are available, as expressed by consumer’s associations and market surveys. "The app would ensure that no matter where you travel in the euro area, the digital euro would always be recognised and you would be able to pay with it," says Panetta. "The first releases are likely to offer contactless payments, QR codes and an easy way to pay online."In his presentation to the the EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Panetta emphasised that the digital euro will be freely accessible to all and will never be programmable money, leaving the development of conditional payments and other advanced services to supervised intermediaries. "The ECB would not set any limitations on where, when or to whom people can pay with a digital euro," he says. "That would be tantamount to a voucher.

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