eInvoicing Code Lists: VATEX Published, EAS Updated

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Electronic invoices can contain a variety of information in various data types. To allow for cross-border interoperability, information in code form can only contain values which are chosen from specific code lists that are identified in the European standard on eInvoicing.

The European standard on eInvoicing makes it possible for sellers to send invoices to many customers by using a single eInvoicing format. This means they do not have to adjust their sending and/or receiving to connect with individual trading parties.

The publication of these code lists comes ahead of the 18 April 2019 legal deadline for compliance with the European standard, as set out in Directive 2014/55/EU (on electronic invoicing in public procurement).

Publication of the VAT Exemption reason (VATEX) code list

The European Commission is happy to announce the publication of the VAT exemption reason code list.

The European standard on eInvoicing defines the business term "VAT exemption reason code list". This optional code allows sellers to state in a coded way the VAT exemption reason, in order to support automation of VAT processing and reporting. This code complements the textual description of VAT exemption reasons, which is itself mandatory in the case of exemptions.

EAS Code List Updated

The Commission is also happy to announce an update to the Electronic Address Scheme (EAS) code list (v2.0). The EAS code list was first published in November 2018.

You can access all code lists outlined in the European standard via the CEF Digital site. This includes an explanation of how to register or request changes. The next update will take place on 15 June 2019.

On CEF Digital you will find a reference to all other code lists defined in the European standard, as well as the EAS and VATEX code lists (administrated by the European Commission's CEF eInvoicing team).


CEF Invoicing

€6.2 million in grant funding is available to support the implementation of the European standard. Funding also encourages the use of innovative eInvoicing solutions (end-to-end automation etc.). The deadline for proposals is 14 May 2019.

The Commission further supports the adoption of  eInvoicing with the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eInvoicing building block. The services of this Building Block help European administrations comply with the aforementioned eInvoicing Directive, and helps solution providers adapt their services accordingly. CEF eInvoicing provides:




Last updated on  Mar 15, 2019 14:56

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