CEF eInvoicing Webinar Series: Understand the Technical Side of eInvoicing

European Commission, 2018

The European Commission is happy to announce three upcoming webinars looking at technical aspects of electronic invoicing (eInvoicing) in Europe following the publication of the European standard on eInvoicing.

In accordance with Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing in public procurement, the European Commission mandated the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) to draft a common European standard. The semantic data model established with the standard defines the core elements that an electronic invoice must contain to enable cross-border interoperability.

The Directive allows for an 18-month implementation period after the publication of the standard, with 18 April 2019 fixed as the deadline for this. The publication of the standard is a major milestone towards the digitalisation of public procurement in Europe and marks an important step towards realising the Digital Single Market.

These webinars conclude a series covering technical eInvoicing topics to support implementation.

  • On 30 January 2018, webinar #7 will cover Basic XML, Mapping & Conversion and is intended for XML beginners as it will cover an introduction to the XML language, information about types and formats of data, basic XML rules, encoding, mapping and conversion.
  • On 13 February 2018, webinar #8 on XML Validation Mechanisms will allow participants to learn about the vocabulary used in relation to validation and the typical approaches on how to deploy testing. 
  • On 7 March 2018, webinar #9 on OASIS UBL 2.1 & UN/CEFACT CII will provide information on where the specifications can be found and how can the users navigate the specification package and information on XML schemas and technical artefacts. 

You can register for ‘Basic XML, Mapping & conversion’ on the event page:


eInvoicing is the exchange of an electronic invoice document between a supplier and a buyer. An eInvoice is an invoice that has been issued, transmitted and received in a structured electronic format which allows for its automatic and electronic processing, as defined in Directive 2014/55/EU.

The creation of a European standard for eInvoicing in public procurement prevents the continued proliferation of non-interoperable eInvoicing standards and syntaxes in the Member States. A common European standard removes barriers and provides better conditions for cross-border trade.

Every EU Member State (and additional EEA countries) has a unique approach to dealing with eInvoicing. For each country you can now have updated information on CEF Digital 2018 about their eInvoicing policy framework, the eInvoicing platform(s) used to exchange eInvoices in the B2G context (if existing), eInvoicing standards in use as well as the approach for receiving and processing electronic invoices.

The European Commission will announce the dates of upcoming webinars online so subscribe to the newsletter or follow #ConnectingEurope to receive the latest updates on CEF eInvoicing and upcoming webinars.

Last updated on  Jan 23, 2018 16:42

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