1. Member States shall designate as the competent authorities responsible for the authorisation and prudential supervision of payment institutions which are to carry out the duties provided for under this Title either public authorities, or bodies recognised by national law or by public authorities expressly empowered for that purpose by national law, including national central banks.
The competent authorities shall guarantee independence from economic bodies and avoid conflicts of interest. Without prejudice to the first subparagraph, payment institutions, credit institutions, electronic money institutions, or post office giro institutions shall not be designated as competent authorities.
The Member States shall inform the Commission accordingly.
2. Member States shall ensure that the competent authorities designated under paragraph 1 possess all powers necessary for the performance of their duties.
3. Member States on whose territories there is more than one competent authority for m…