Publication of the European Standard on eInvoicing
European Commission, 2017
The European Commission is happy to announce that a reference to the European standard on electronic invoicing (eInvoicing) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The publication of the standard is a key step towards the digitalisation of public procurement in Europe.
Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing in public procurement calls for the definition of a common European standard on eInvoicing at semantic level (the core information contained in the eInvoice) as well as a list of syntaxes (the format or language used for transmission of the eInvoice).
On 28 June 2017, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the semantic data model and the list of syntaxes for the European standard on eInvoicing. As requested by the Directive, a Study on the practical application and implementation of the European e-Invoicing standard was carried out, which confirmed that the standard is fit for purpose. On 17 October 2017 Commission has published the reference to the standard in the Official Journal.
Today marks the beginning of the implementation phase of the standard. The Directive mandates an 18-month implementation period with 18 April 2019 fixed as the deadline for this. One extra year could be implemented by Member States for sub-central authorities as allowed by the Directive. The creation of a European standard for eInvoicing in public procurement prevents the continued proliferation of eInvoicing standards and syntaxes coexisting in the Member States, which leads to increased complexity in term of cross-border interoperability.
To mark this important milestone, a launch event will take place in Brussels on 23 October 2017. This event represents the next big step for eInvoicing B2G as it kicks-off the implementation stage in EU Member States and EEA countries. It also represents an important step towards realising the potential of the Digital Single Market. Spaces are limited!
Supporting eInvoicing in Europe
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) building blocks support the establishment of cross-border digital services in Europe. The CEF eInvoicing building block promotes the uptake and accelerates the use of eInvoicing in full compliance with the European standard, amongst both public and private entities established in the EU.
The CEF eInvoicing building block serves to support public administrations in complying with the aforementioned eInvoicing Directive, and helps solution providers adapt their services accordingly. To do so, CEF eInvoicing makes the following services available:
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