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e-Invoicing

Overview

Electronic invoicing – e-Invoicing – is electronic transfer of invoicing information (billing and payment) between business partners (supplier and buyer). It is an essential part of an efficient financial supply chain and it links the internal processes of enterprises to the payment systems. The ongoing creation of Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) offers an ideal launching pad for a successful European e-invoicing initiative with the savings estimated at around EUR 64,5 billion per year for businesses.

Directive on e-Invoicing in public procurement

On 16 April 2014, the European Union adopted a Directive on e-invoicing in public procurement.

European Multi-Stakeholder Forum

The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing brings together delegates from national e-invoicing fora and key stakeholders from the user side of the market. Its objective is to help pave the way for a broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing at both national and EU-level. The Forum creates a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and best practices across borders. Furthermore, the Forum discusses issues of common interest, with the possibility to issue recommendations to the Commission. The Forum is chaired by the Commission, and meetings are held twice a year.

Meetings

26.09.2012

Minutespdf Choose translations of the previous link  & Interim reports of the activity groups

06.03.2012
Agendapdf Choose translations of the previous link  & Minutespdf Choose translations of the previous link 
13.09.2011
Agendapdf Choose translations of the previous link  & Minutespdf Choose translations of the previous link 
13.09.2011
Press release (MEX/11/0913)
02.12.2010
Commission Decision setting up a European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing

Commission initiatives

Communications and decisions

26.06.2013
02.12.2010

Conference “Electronic Invoicing in Europe”, 27-28 April 2010 in Madrid

22.02.2010
Press release (MEX/10/0222)

Expert Group on e-Invoicing

European Commission has set up an expert group on e-invoicing with the task to establish a European Electronic Invoicing Framework by 2009.

19.05.2010
30.11.2009
06.04.2009
24.03.2009
Code of Practice on Electronic Invoicingpdf Choose translations of the previous link  prepared and adopted by the Expert Group, and aimed at trading parties, solution providers and tax authorities
27.01.2009
On 27 January 2009 the Expert Group on e-invoicing, set up by the Commission, adopted its mid-term report. The report outlines the progress made during the first year of the group’s mandate and represents an important step towards a European Electronic Invoicing Framework which the Expert Group will develop until the end of 2009.
Meetings in 2009:
  • 26-27 January
  • 24-25 February
  • 24-25 March
  • 26-27 May
  • 23-24 June
  • 24-25 September
  • 12-13 November
June 2008
Status Reportpdf of the Expert Group
07.11.2007
Setting up of the Expert Group on e-Invoicing

European Action Plan on e-signatures and e-identification

On 2 December 2008, the European Commission adopted the Action Plan on e-signatures and e-identification to facilitate the provision of cross-border public services in the Single Market

e-Government action plan

Under the e-government action plan a number of projects are undertaken to promote e-invoicing in the roadmap for public e-procurementpdf. Within this action plan the Commission is setting up a pilot project for interoperable & cross-border e-invoicing within the IDABC programme.

CIP

The Commission is also setting up a large-scale e-invoicing pilot in collaboration with the Member States under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

Legislation

Current legislative environment for e-Invoicing: