Europay International, the Waterloo, Belgium-based European payments association closely allied with MasterCard International, announced an extension of edc/Maestro acceptance in Italy.

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, one of the Italy's five biggest banks, has opened 6,000 point of sale terminals to the electronic debit cards. Europay said it expects its Italian network to have 70,000 terminals in time for the next summer travel season.

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