What we do
Working Groups facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience. ESTA has a number of Working Groups gathering ESTA member experts from the whole industry. Selected members are invited to participate and can have their representatives involved in more than one WG.
Working Groups bring together ESTA member experts from cash management companies to discuss the latest developments in their specific areas of interest.
ESTA has three Working Groups which report to the Board. Meetings are usually held 2-3 times a year or as required by the political agenda.
The current Working Groups are:
- Security & Risk Management. Responsible for editing the Annual Attack and Loss report with data declared by approx. 30 European countries. This information is only shared with Members, however a report is provided each year during the ESTA annual conference.
- Cash Working Group
- Communications Working Group
ESTA also chairs the Cash Management Companies (ex CIT) working group of the Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS).
ESTA acts as the eyes and ears of Member in Brussels and monitors policy development and regulatory initiatives of relevance to Members. ESTA contributes as an interested party in the shaping of the EU decision-making process. The association does that by providing inputs at an early stage by promoting and protecting the industry and liaising with the relevant EU Institutions. It has developed close working contacts, based on two-ways communication channels, with relevant EU officials and Members of the European Parliament and established alliances with other experts in European retailers’ and consumers’ associations to strengthen its actions.
ESTA is registered in the EU transparency register of interest (the so called “EU lobbyist register”).
Business and Regulatory environment
The understanding of how initiatives emerge and decision take place at EU level is essential to the representation of ESTA’s interest in Brussels, and this is a key role of the association. There are a few proposals on ESTA’s radar screen but none is as important to our industry as the possible forthcoming revision of the 2011 Regulation on Cross Border CIT. The Commission envisages reviewing the Regulation in 2016, which means that preparatory work could start already in 2015. Whilst this revision offers a good opportunity to ESTA to secure a business friendly regulatory environment, it cannot be excluded that other interests may want to interfere to put the industry under more pressure for their own advantage. ESTA’s role will be to ensure that its Members’ views are conveyed to the EU legislators and their interests protected further to the revision of the Regulation f any.
Annual Business Conference
ESTA’s business conference brings together around 300 representatives of the whole cash industry, as well as EU decision-makers, central bankers and other key stakeholders. The Annual Conference is a unique experience to develop networks, listen to best practice being shared by members, discover new technologies and meet regulators and central bankers from many European Countries.
This event is also an opportunity for members who wish it to display their products and services and interact with industry leaders. ESTA members may invite guests to attend this event. Invitations are subject to approval by ESTA. Priority booking for exhibitions spaces is reserved to Members at preferential prices.
Conference presentations held in previous years appear under “Events” on the ESTA website.
ESTA effective (working group) members are given access to the Members’ Area of the ESTA website (www.esta-cash.eu), where they can find studies, survey results as well as meeting documents. Members can participate in online discussions of different Technical Committees and projects. The Membership Directory on the website also contains information about the expertise of ESTA members