What is eInvoicing?
eInvoicing is a digital solution that enables public sector contractors and companies to receive and process electronic invoices, according to the European standard.
Being an automated invoicing tool, eInvoicing reduces processing costs and operational services.
By removing the need of manually reading and entering information, eInvoicing lessens administrative burdens and time-to-payment for individual invoices.
Boosting B2G eProcurement
eInvoicing helps companies manage their contracts in any EU country, making public procurement businesses more appealing for everyone.
Facilitating cross-border trade
The timely and automatic processing of companies’ invoices in the EU facilitates cross-border trade operations between countries.
How to start using the solution
Implement your solution, with the provided documentation and our team’s support.
Test the conformance of your service and start using it.
Who can benefit from eInvoicing
Public sector contracting authorities
Our services can help you start receiving electronic invoices from all across Europe.
Companies doing business with public entities
We can help you prepare and send electronic invoices compliant with European standards.
Services and software providers
We can help you develop and deliver eInvoicing services and software that are compliant with EU standards.
If you are ready to start working on your eInvoicing services, we are just as ready to help you. The links below provide important information to begin the implementation.
Directive of the European Parliament on electronic invoicing.
European standard alignments to send and receive electronic invoicing.
Report of the eInvoicing Forum
Reports produced by eInvoicing Forum members.
Invoice information should be translated into specific codes to allow cross-border interoperability.
Technical artefacts that allow to automatically validate whether an invoice complies with the standard’s rules.
Test your eInvoicing solution against the European standard on eInvoicing.
“There are lessons to be learnt from other countries that have participated in the CEF eInvoicing projects. Their eInvoicing experience can inspire and help you get started with your eInvoicing implementation phase.”
Maja Radišić Žuvanić Head of Digital Economy Services, Croatian Ministry of Economy
Electronic invoicing is the exchange of an electronic invoice document between a supplier and a buyer. An electronic invoice (eInvoice) is an invoice that has been issued, transmitted and received in a structured data format which allows for its automatic and electronic processing, as defined in Directive 2014/55/EU.
The CEF eInvoicing building block aims at promoting the uptake and accelerating the use of eInvoicing in respect of the European standard, amongst both public and private entities established in the EU, as well as in participating EEA countries.
The CEF eInvoicing building block serves to support public administrations in complying with EU eInvoicing legislation, and helps service & solution providers adapt their services accordingly. The eInvoicing building block therefore foresees Business to Government (B2G). However, eInvoicing can also be used to enable Government to Government communication (G2G).
Business to Business (B2B) and Government to Citizen (G2C) or Business to Consumer (B2C) are not addressed in the context of the eInvoicing building block.
Yes, you can use the conformance testing service described on the CEF Digital site on eInvoicing Conformance Testing.
If you want, the CEF eInvoicing support can forward you the example invoices by mail or use invoice examples from other sites:
- TC434 is using the Github service for maintenance and publication of validation rules and some other resources. On the first page you will also find links to the OASIS UBL and UN/CEFACT Cross industry invoice standards: https://github.com/CenPC434/validation Under the folders UBL/examples and CII/instances you will find sample files.
- Also the syntax binding specifications have sample xml as annexes.
- Another resource which can be used is sample files developed by the Swedish standardisation organisation Single Face To Industry.
Even if some documentation is in Swedish, the sample files could still be of interest.
The European Parliament and Council voted the Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing in public procurement (opens in a new tab) on 16 April 2014. This Directive calls for the definition of a common European standard on electronic invoicing (EN 16931) at the semantic level, and additional standardisation deliverables which will enhance interoperability at the syntax level.
Read more about the legislation and its implications: