Upon commencement of the new school year, DBF will begin the producing the Cultuurkaart, which will be issued to some 900,000 users. DBF will also be responsible for building the Cultuurkaart user website (intended for pupils and teachers), as well as a separate website for online purchases using the Cultuurkaart. The Cultuurkaart will be loaded with an annual balance of â¬15 as determined by Minister Plasterk. With effect from this coming school year, young Cultuurkaart holders will have a total of â¬13.5 million to spend using their cards.
Plastkerk (Minister for Education, Culture and Science) awarded the project to CJP and DBF following a European tendering procedure. The Cultuurkaart will replace the CKV (Cultural and Artistic Education) vouchers that have been in use since 1999 with the aim of encouraging cultural participation among young people. Equens is one of the largest payment processors in Europe and a market leader in the field of future-proof payments and solutions for card payment processing. Equens provides market parties with innovative payment services including mobile payments, e-invoicing and prepaid debit cards. All Cultuurkaart transactions will be submitted to Equensâ systems via POS terminals or online. Equens will then authorise the transactions, which will handled in the same manner as regular electronic payments with a bank or giro card. Equens will supply transaction information to DBF on a daily basis, after which CJP will settle payments with the participating organisations.
The Cultuurkaart project is in line with Equensâ and DBF's aims to increase efficiency by replacing hardcopy vouchers with a prepaid debit card. Reduced paper flows lead to reduced logistical costs and shorter throughput times for payment settlement with the participating organisations.