Authorising amendments of the scope of activities of payment institutions

Amendments to a financial enterprise’s financial services and ancillary financial services are subject to authorisation by the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB).

Kulcsszavak: payment transaction, accounting policy, initial capital, money laundering policy, business plan, sensitive payment data, qualifying holding

Payment institutions can only amend their existing scope of activities with authorisation from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB).

In authorisation procedures, applications and notifications must be submitted, in addition to authenticated electronic copies of the relevant attachments, by using the electronic forms available on the ERA platform of the MNB’s website under the E-Administration / Licensing service. The MNB’s decisions, requests for supplementation, notices and other communications are delivered to financial institutions or their legal representatives via the customer’s electronic storage space.

Detailed information on e-administration and on the substantive and formal requirements of electronic documents can be found on the MNB’s website under the following link:

https://www.mnb.hu/letoltes/tajekoztatas-az-e-ugyintezesrol-az-mnb-elotti-engedelyezesi-eljarasokban-1.pdf.

Further information about specific aspects of the authorisation procedures can be found under the following menu option:

 https://www.mnb.hu/letoltes/tajekoztato-az-egyes-engedelyezesi-illetve-nyilvantartasba-veteli-eljarasok-soran-leggyakrabban-felmerulo-a-ma-gyar-nemzeti-bank-mnb-gyakorlatat-erinto-kerdesekkel-kapcsolatban-1.pdf

The provision of financial services and ancillary financial services without authorisation constitutes a criminal offence, and the MNB may commence a market surveillance procedure if it suspects any engagement in unauthorised financial activities.

If the MNB finds that an activity is performed without authorisation, it will

a) prohibit the activity,

b) initiate criminal proceedings if, in its opinion, a criminal offence is involved under the Act on the Criminal Code,

c) apply measures or exceptional measures, and/or

d) impose a market surveillance fine.

If the submitted application contains insufficient information, within 45 days of receipt of the application the MNB will request that the applicant to submit supplementary information. In the case of complete applications, the MNB will make a decision within three months of receipt of the application.

A detailed guide to the authorisation of the activities of payment institutions is available on the following website: https://www.mnb.hu/letoltes/1-3-1-1-engedelyezesi-utmutato-penzforgalmi-intezmeny-tevekenysegenek-engedelyezese.pdf

A Q&A page on the authorisation process of the activities of payment institutions can be found on the following link: https://www.mnb.hu/letoltes/1-3-1-2-eljarassal-kapcsolatos-gyakori-kerdesek-es-valaszok-penzforgalmi-intezmeny.pdf.

Information about the policies on attachments to an application for the authorisation of activities for payment institutions can be accessed via the following two links: https://www.mnb.hu/felugyelet/engedelyezes-es-intezmenyfelugyeles/engedelyezes/szektorok/penzpiac/penzforgalmi-intezmeny/tevekenysegi-engedely/szabalyzatokkal-kapcsolatos-informaciok/szabalyzatokkal-kapcsolatos-segedletek or frequently asked questions and answers concerning the regulations

https://www.mnb.hu/felugyelet/engedelyezes-es-intezmenyfelugyeles/engedelyezes/szektorok/penzpiac/penzforgalmi-intezmeny/tevekenysegi-engedely/szabalyzatokkal-kapcsolatos-informaciok/szabalyzatokkal-kapcsolatos-gyakori-kerdesek-es-valaszok.

There is no obligation to pay any fee in order to complete the authorisation procedure.

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), Money and Capital Markets Licensing Department

The MNB ruling terminating the procedure or resolution  rejecting the application may not be appealed; however, customers whose rights or legitimate interests are directly affected by the decision may initiate administrative court proceedings within 30 (thirty) days of the disclosure of the ruling/resolution on the grounds of infringement, by submitting an application to the Budapest-Capital Regional Court to initiate proceedings.

Legal representation is mandatory in the court proceedings. The application must be addressed to the Budapest-Capital Regional Court, and submitted electronically using under the following link:

https://www.mnb.hu/felugyelet/engedelyezes-es-intezmenyfelugyeles/hatarozatok-es-vegzesek-keresese.

The submission of the application has no suspensive effect on the enforceability of the ruling terminating the procedure or resolution rejecting the application, but the customer may request interim relief. As a general rule, the court rules in the proceedings without holding a hearing; however, the customer may request a hearing in the application. If no hearing is requested, a hearing may not be requested later on during the appeal procedure.

An application for a remedy may be lodged by any party who goes over a time limit or misses a legal deadline during the procedure for reasons beyond their control.

Additional general information about the authorisation procedure is available at: https://www.mnb.hu/felugyelet/engedelyezes-es-intezmenyfelugyeles/engedelyezes/tajekoztatok.

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Act CCXXXVII of 2013 on Credit Institutions and Financial Enterprises

Act CXXXIX of 2013 on the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary)

Act CCXXXV of 2013 on Payment Service Providers

PSD2 Directive

MNB