(by techcrunch.com)

Paving the way for friend-to-friend payments to come to Facebook Messenger in Europe (and after the functionality debuted in the U.S all the way back in March last year), Facebook has quietly secured an e-money license from the Central Bank of Ireland.


A quick search of the state bank’s register shows that Facebook Payments International Limited was granted a license on the 24th of October. Specifically, the license pertains to e-money issuing and payment services provision and includes credit transfer, payment transactions and money remittance.

And, due to Ireland being a member of the European Union, Facebook can take advantage of so-called passporting — meaning that the license applies throughout the other 27 EU member states.

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