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Companies doing business with public entities
How we can help you prepare and send electronic invoices compliant with the European Standard on eInvoicing that allow public entities to process and pay them quickly and efficiently
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The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on eInvoicing (EMSFEI) , brings together stakeholders from national eInvoicing forums and from the user side of the market. Its objective is to help pave the way for a broad-scale adoption of eInvoicing at national and EU-level. The Forum creates a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and best practice across borders. It also discusses issues of common interest and may issue recommendations to the Commission.
The EMSFEI sub-groups’ address specific topics relevant to the eInvoicing implementation phase ahead. The sub-groups are currently formed for a 6-month period during which its members produce documents on specific challenges to the eInvoicing community.
On this page, you can have access to the deliverables produced under the 3rd mandate of the EMSFEI:
- Sub-group 1. Guidance on the implementation of the EN and Directive: Guidance for EU public administrations (PDF)
An essential and handy checklist for decision-makers who have responsibility for eInvoicing in all public sector organisations throughout Europe, supporting public administrations in both the transposition of the eInvoicing Directive into national law and the implementation of a European standard on eInvoicing.
- Sub-group 2. CIUS and technical implementation: Recommendation on the use of ‘Core Invoice Usage Specifications’ (PDF)
While Directive 2014/55/EU enables interoperable eInvoicing, the legislation also takes into consideration that buyers who must support specific processes or legal requirements may need to restrict the core data model or they may need to extend the core. The European standard provides for this by defining Core Invoice Usage Specification (CIUS) and Extensions. The CIUS and Extensions can however inhibit interoperability and the rationale of the Directive. The EMSFEI recommendations here are therefore extremely useful for eInvoicing stakeholders who are considering making use of a CIUS.
- Sub-group 3. Additional requirements and opportunities: Discussion paper on the growth of additional requirements and the fragmentation of provisions relating to e-Invoicing at Member State level (PDF)
A growing number of Member States are introducing additional requirements for eInvoicing based on local definitions and provisions. Such requirements are usually motivated to improve tax revenue generation for government. The Commission welcomes and supports Member State governments improve revenue generation, eliminate tax fraud or under-declaration and improve audit and control procedures. However, these additional requirements are presently not at all harmonised across the EU and may unintentionally impact the ability of taxable persons and their service providers to generate, deliver and report e-invoices by electronic means. This Discussion paper outlines recommendations to both the European Commission and Member States to ensure that requirements are developed and defined in a way that does not create obstacles to the players in the Single Market.
- Sub-group 4. Report on interoperability and transmission of eInvoices with a special focus on the needs of SMEs: EMSFEI report on Interoperability and transmission (PDF)
The aim of this report is to provide a set of recommendations in the area of “transmission and interoperability” to answer the following questions: ‘How do we ensure that suppliers, especially smaller suppliers, can safely and efficiently transmit or deliver by electronic means eInvoices to their buyers or contracting entities and how do we ensure that all buyers, can safely and efficiently receive by electronic means eInvoices in a form that they are able to process? What gaps, if any, exist in technical standards or business practices to support transmission and interoperability?
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eInvoicing User Community
The eInvoicing User Community space enables all stakeholders involved and interested in cross-border eInvoicing (e.g. industry associations, public sector bodies, solution providers and EC bodies) to discuss eInvoicing in the EU public and private sectors. Everyone is invited to read and comment on existing topics.
eInvoicing Expert Group - EMSFEI
This spaces is restricted to members of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-invoicing (EMSFEI). It allows its members to exchange best practices on cross-border eInvoicing and access meeting minutes.
If you are a nominated member of the EMSFEI, you can request access via the CEF eInvoicing Service Desk.