International Workgroups


CBI S.c.p.a. has established relations with various stakeholders and decision-makers both nationally and internationally, in order to agree on systemic strategies designed to maximise compliance with the international scenario. Constant monitoring within the established conventions operating on a global level involves participation in:


ISO – International Organization for Standardization

  • TC68 (Technical Committee 68 - Financial Services): this ISO organism is assigned to define and develop technical standards and reports concerning financial services.
  • ISO 20022 RMG (Registration Management Group): this group was set up in the ISO 20022 area for the assessment of registration applications for the ISO 20022 Repository of financial messaging standards (reports directly to TC68).
  • Payments and Trade Services SEG (Standard Evaluation Group): this group deals with the technical assessment of the standards to be included in the ISO 20022 Repository.
  • ISO 20022 API TSG (Technical Support Group): this technical group reports directly to ISO 20022 RMG in order to define guidelines for use of the API (Application Program Interface) in the financial area with reuse of the ISO 20022 repository;
  • ISO20022 Communication Sub Group: this group manages the half-yearly newsletter and reviews the digital communication tools supporting ISO 20022.


EPC - European Payment Council

  • SEMSTF (Scheme Evolution and Maintenance Standards Task Force): this task force was set up in the SEPA area with the objective of maintaining SEPA guidelines and standards (Credit Transfer, Direct Debit, Instant Credit Transfer), and to recommend the highest levels of application uniformity in the Customer-to-bank segment in the EU.
  • EPC ‘Interfaces' Sub-Taskforce: this technical sub-group of the Access to Account Taskforce is responsible for analysing open banking solutions in relation to the new regulations introduced by the Payment Service Directive (PSD2);
  • Steering Committee of the Mobile Proxy Forum P2P: this committee has been set up to define a pan-European Standardised Proxy Lookup (SPL) service which guarantees interoperability of P2P mobile payment solutions, in line with the recommendations and mandate of the Euro Retail Payments Board.
  • Technical Working Group of the Mobile Proxy Forum P2P: this technical group carries out what is defined by the relative Steering Committee for interoperability of P2P mobile payment solutions;
  • On e-invoicing Task Force: this task force has been set up to analyse the e-invoicing market in order to identify a pan-European layout for sending SEPA payment requests linked to e-invoicing, in line with the work carried out in the ERPB area.


UN/CEFACT - United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

  • Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, with the  aim to contribute to the growth of the global commerce. UN/CEFACT is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE, which operates under trade facilitation section.  UN/CEFACT is managed by a Bureau comprising a Chair and several Vice-Chairs, including Mrs. Liliana Fratini Passi who is in charge of the section Pay of the International Supply Chain Programme Development Area (PDA). UN/CEFACT has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.
  • International Supply Chain PDA (Programme Development Area) elaborates recommendations and standards to facilitate the exchange of information in the international supply chain covering transport and logistics flows, supply chain flows, financial flows and other information from a source to a customer.  
  •  Finance & Payment Domain: within the International Supply Chain PDA, CBI coordinates the Finance and Payment domain, which aims at developing standards and recommendations on the finance value chain. In this working group, CBI has realized the standard known as the Purchase Order Financing (POF) request, which consists of a financing option provided by a finance provider for trading parties that lack the funds to pay their suppliers.

  • UNECE Liaison Officer to ISO TC 68: since 2013, Mrs Liliana Fratini Passi performs this role with the aim to maximize the level of  interoperability between ISO and UN/CEFACT with regard to standardization activities carried out in the domain of financial services.

  • UN/CEFACT “Chain – Guidance for cross-border interoperable blockchain infrastructure 4.0”. This project has a twofold objective. The first is to establish a mechanism for the development and implementation of the UN/CEFACT blockchain services infrastructures, which will be compatible and in line with other services infrastructure. The second is to prepare a whitepaper on the strategy for the development and implementation of interoperable global blockchain technology infrastructures, taking into consideration existing relevant standards.


CEN PC434 - e-Invoicing

During 2014, CBI S.c.p.a. was identified, together with Agid and the Revenue Agency, as the UNINFO representative on the Project Committee of the CEN dedicated to drafting the European standards on invoicing in European e-procurement. In particular, the CEN – in accordance with Directive EU 2014/55 on electronic invoicing in public procurement - is tasked with defining a semantic standard of electronic invoicing which is technologically neutral and compatible with international electronic invoicing standards. CBI S.c.p.a. chairs the CEN working groups that will produce:

  • a common semantic data model of the core elements of European e-invoices;
  • guidelines for transmission interoperability, in order to facilitate use of the semantic standard;
  • mapping of the principal syntaxes (e.g. CEN MUG; CII 2.0 and ISO20022 FI) against the syntactic standard identified. UNINFO coordinates the Italian commission, especially with reference to the E-Business Commission.


IPFA - International Payments Framework Association

  • The International Payment Framework (IPF) is an initiative of the IPF Association (IPFA) aimed at setting out a common framework of regulations for operational business standards and procedures with a view to improving non-urgent cross-border Credit Transfer services, enabling interoperability among different domestic and regional systems and ensuring extra-SEPA transactions in STP mode and in many currencies on a world-wide scale. CBI S.c.p.a. participates in both the plenary session and the Request for Payment sub-group.


CGI - Common Global Implementation

  • The Common Global Implementation (CGI) is a SWIFT community of financial and non-financial institutions with the objective of developing Corporate-to-Bank implementations, based on the use of ISO 20022 messages, and the relevant payment domain activities. The goal is to simplify and promote wider acceptance of ISO 20022 as the common XML standard used between corporates and banks. CBI S.c.p.a. participates in the plenary session and in the specific Credit Transfer, Direct Debit and Reporting groups.


UNINFO e-Business WG

  • This Commission is interested in all aspects of the development of domestic and international standards, monitoring the work of European and international forums and consortia on the subject of e-Business. Primary Member ISO, represented by CBI S.c.p.a. in ISO TC68 and ISO20022 RMG.



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