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About the event

On Tuesday 29 May 2018, the European Commission is organising an event on B2G eInvoicing and the CEF eInvoicing services available to public and private entities enabling them to comply with Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing in public procurement.

This event takes place in the context of the legal deadline for Member States' public entities to implement the European Standard on eInvoicing (by 18 April 2019, extendable by one year for certain actors). 

This event will clearly demonstrate how eInvoicing can help build a successful Digital Single Market, benefiting both the public and private sectors. It will also address how eInvoicing can generate cross-border services and other benefits to citizens, businesses and public administrations. 

Participation in this event is open to everyone interested in eInvoicing to discuss B2G eInvoicing implementation from a policy and technical perspective. The target audience is policy makers, public entities and IT managers from service providers developing eInvoicing solutions in the Member States. The event participants will learn about the latest developments around the implementation of the Directive 2014/55/EU and case studies of eInvoicing implementation. This event will also address the broader policy context linking eInvoicing with the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). 


Event registrations are closed.


This event will be webstreamed via the following link:

Agenda (*)




09.00 - 09.30

Registration & networking coffee

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome and introduction

Nikita Stampa, Head of Unit for Innovative and eProcurement, DG GROW

09.40 - 10.00

eInvoicing policy update - What's left until the legal deadline?

Marzena Rogalska, Acting Director, G: Single Market for Public Administration, DG GROW

10.00 - 10.30

European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (EMSFEI) -

Information to support B2G eInvoicing: debrief on EMSFEI Subgroups' work

  • Declan McCormack, Office of Government Procurement, Ireland (Sub-group 1. Guidance on the implementation of the EN and Directive)
  • Peter Potgieser, CEN (Sub-group 2. CIUS and technical implementation)

10.30 - 11.00

PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0 – understanding the PEPPOL Core Invoice Usage Specifications (CIUS)

  • André Hoddevik, OpenPEPPOL Secretary General/Chair
11.00 - 11.15UN/CEFACT – The Cross Industry Invoice and current evolutions of UN/CEFACT standards
  • Lance Thompson,
    Secretary, UN/CEFACT
11.15 - 11.30Coffee break

11.30 - 11.45

CEN TC 434 - Challenges and next steps for the European standard on eInvoicing

Andrea Caccia, Chair CEN TC434 

11.45 - 12.00

CEF eInvoicing - Services supporting the implementation of eInvoicing

Caroline Corneau, CEF eInvoicing Project Manager, DIGIT

12.00 - 12.15

CEF eInvoicing funding available

Agnieszka Bajno, Project Manager – C4 CEF ICT, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, INEA

12. 15 - 13.15Lunch (not provided)  

13.15 - 14.00

Panel 1: Cases studies on implementing eInvoicing

This panel will focus on different approaches and case studies to implement eInvoicing at policy and technical levels.

Introduction: Michael Scanlon & Ines Costa, CEF Stakeholder Management Office, DIGIT

Update on the Catalogue of Good Practices to support the delivery of B2G eInvoicing

  • Ana Ramos, ESPAP (Entity for Finance Shared Services) - Portugal, Shared Services Platform for eInvoicing

  • Kornelis Drijfhout, PIANOo - Netherlands, Supporting eInvoicing at local level

  • Pablo de Amil, FACe (Single Point of Entry for eInvoicing) - Spain, Automating eInvoicing process for broader adoption

  • Ewa Dobrzeniecka, eInvoicing in public procurement sector in Poland, Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, Poland

14.00 - 14.45

Panel 2: Going one step further - What can we learn from countries' experiences?

This panel will cover the experience from countries that went further than Directive 2014/55/EU in mandating B2G eInvoicing.

Moderator: Christian Rasmussen, CEF eInvoicing, DIGIT

  • Pirjo Ilola, Head of Payments, Standardisation and eInvoicing Markets Finance, Finland
  • Anna Elverheim, Chair of Swedish Standards Authority
  • Gerardo De Caro, Italian Ministry of Finance

14.45 - 15.15 Coffee break 

15.15 - 16.00

Panel 3: Feedback on CEF Implementation workshops and key steps taken by the Member States

This panel will discuss highlights from CEF eInvoicing implementation workshops held in different countries. It will focus on the next steps to be taken during the last year ahead of the legal deadline.

Moderator: Christian Rasmussen, CEF eInvoicing, DIGIT

  • Pirjo Ilola, Head of Payments, Standardisation and eInvoicing Markets Finance, Finland
  • Andriana Prentza,  Associate Professor at the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Maura Howe, Office of Government Procurement, Ireland
  • Christos Loucaides, Project Manager, AnalystGoldman Solutions & Services Ltd, Cyprus

16.00 - 16.15

Wrap-up & Close

Caroline Corneau, CEF eInvoicing Project Manager, DIGIT

(*) Agenda subject to change

CEF eInvoicing  Event Info Pack

Please note, that for all our participants we provide an Info Pack, which is available for download below. Included you'll find the agenda, speakers' biographies as well as all the useful information for the day of the event.

CEF eInvoicing Event InfoPack_29 May 2018.pdf

About CEF eInvoicing

Financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the purpose of the CEF eInvoicing building block is to promote the uptake and accelerate the use of eInvoicing respecting the  Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing in public procurement and the  European standard on eInvoicing amongst both public and private entities established in the EU, as well as in participating EEA countries. The benefits to both users and the wider economy of adopting eInvoicing are reduced risks, reduced costs and improved market.

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:

Confirmed speakers' biographies 

Nikita Stampa

Nikita Stampa is Head of Unit for Innovative and eProcurement in DG GROW and is in charge of eInvoicing policy. Before that, he was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Unit "Services to consumers" in the Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services in the European Commission. The unit's main responsibility is the full implementation and enforcement of the Directive on Services in the Internal Market. Nikita also worked in DG Enterprise and industry where he was involved in international matters such as international trade negotiations and regulatory dialogues in particular with China on textiles and toys products. Before joining the Commission, Nikita acquired an extensive overseas experience mainly in South America and Africa, in particular in microfinance and fair trade.

Marzena Rogalska

Marzena Rogalska is Acting Director for Single Market for Public Administration in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SME (DG GROW). Marzena was previously EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard on impact investing and competitiveness issues and Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products within dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as construction sector in DG GROW.  In 2010-2013 she worked as a Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and she was in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy. Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including the Gdansk Governor's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery of Prime Minister. She also represented the Polish Government at the Council of Europe to the Bureau of anti-money laundering committee.

Declan McCormack

Declan has responsibility at Principal level for the Office of Government Procurement’s eInvoicing Ireland programme. The eInvoicing Ireland Programme was established to facilitate and enable public bodies comply with the requirements of the European eInvoicing Directive (2014/55/EU) and achieve benefits beyond compliance. Prior to his appointment he held a range of technical and senior management positions in the IT/ eProcurement industry and, as a member of the National Standards Authority (NSAI), has served on the European eProcurement Standardisation task force (CEN/TC434) that was charged with drafting the eInvoicing Standard as referenced by the European eInvoicing Directive (2014/55/EU).

Peter Potgieser

Peter Potgieser is a Senior Consultant on Business Innovation & Standardisation with a specific focus on dematerialisation of business processes’. He is Chair of CEN e-Business coordination Group as well as an elected member of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (a European Commission Expert Group).

Andre Hoddevik

André Hoddevik is Head of e-procurement unit in the Department for public procurement in the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) and Secretary General in OpenPEPPOL AISBL. He was the Project Director of the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project 2008-2012. He is member of the European Commission Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group on eProcurement (EXEP) and Multi-Stakeholder Forum on eInvoicing (EMSFEI). He has been working with shared services and eProcurement in the public sector since 1999 and are currently in charge of Norwegian public sector eProcurement activities at national level.

Lance Thompson

Lance Thompson is currently Secretary of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and E-Business (UN/CEFACT) and Chief of UN/CEFACT Support Unit at UNECE. Previously, he worked for over 12 years as International Development Manager at Conex representing the company in international organizations such as the WCO (World Customs Organization), UN/CEFACT, IATA etc. During this time, Lance followed closely customs regulations in many major economies around the world such as Japan (where he has made presentations at the JastPro ITFC group and the JIFFA Freight Forwarder’s Association), the United States, South Korea, India, among others. He teaches regularly initiation customs courses in France. Lance has also studied in depth the implementation of SAFE “advanced electronic security data” in many of the EU Community’s Member States (ICS) as well as similar programs across the world.

Andrea Caccia

Andrea Caccia is a chartered information system engineer and a senior consultant for process digitalisation. He is Chair of CEN/TC 434 on electronic invoicing, member of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (a European Commission Expert Group) and member of the Italian e-invoicing forum. He is also member of CEN/TC 440 on public procurement and CEN/TC 445 on digital information exchange in the insurance sector and other initiatives at national, European and international level related to e-invoicing, e-procurement and eIDAS trust services.

Caroline Corneau

Caroline Corneau works at the European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT) as Project Manager for the CEF eInvoicing Building Block. Her background is in knowledge management, information architecture and user research. She first joined the EU institutions in 2009 as website administrator for the European Parliament Library, and proceeded as online services manager for the European Parliamentary Research Service.

Agnieszka Bajno

Agnieszka Bajno works as Project Manager for CEF-E/ICT at the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). She is in charge for the management, monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of the entire cycle of ICT projects, and she is currently responsible for INEA’s eInvoicing projects.

Michael Scanlon

Michael Scanlon is a Manager in EU Advisory Services for Wavestone Advisors and currently works as CEF Programme Manager for the European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (DG DIGIT). An experienced management and communications consultant, Michael previously worked for Deloitte as its EMEA Public Sector Industry and Global EU Account Manager. He has extensive change management, communications, evaluation and project management experience and is experienced working in European Public Affairs. He has worked for clients in the public sector, financial services and media industries, gaining a broad range of advisory experience in business and communications. Michael also has extensive experience of working with partners, such as the College of Europe, to deliver client events such as the Bruges European Business Conference.

Ines Costa

Ines Costa is working as a Stakeholder Management Officer in the European Commission Directorate General for Informatics ( DIGIT) on CEF Digital. Prior to joining DIGIT, Ines worked in the cultural heritage sector. She has a background in communication and cultural management.

Ana Ramos

Ana Ramos is currently the Coordinator of the Finance Development Center, which is part of the Shared Finance Services Department of ESPAP (the Portuguese Entity for Finance Shared Services), responsible for ensuring the design and development of shared finance solutions and services, ensuring their permanent adaptation to market evolution, current regulations and customer needs. Ana joined ESPAP (formerly GERAP) in 2009 as project manager and later as coordinator of the Requirements and Process Analysis team. She has participated in the design, implementation and consolidation of GERFIP Portal, based on a SOA architecture, in BPM automation, on the standardization and redesign of financial business processes, enhancers of the provision of shared services in Public Administration. She was part of the team responsible for launching the GERFIP portal.

Kornelis Drijfhout

Kornelis Drijfhout was responsible for design and development TenderNed; the central platform for e-Procurement in the Netherlands. Joined the CEN/BII in 2009 and became e-Tendering team lead in 2011. Member of the e-Tendering Expert Group (e-TEG) in 2012. Joined OpenPEPPOL in the pre-award community. Since 2013 responsible for the European e-Tendering pilot in eSENS. From 2014 onwards chair of the subgroup Solutions & Interoperability in the Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group on e-Procurement (EXEP). Appointed head of unit eInvoicing in 2016. Responsible for the uptake of eInvoicing at local government. Continued standardization work as vice chair CEN/TC440 public procurement. Since 2017 member management team PIANOo. Is married and has three daughters.

Pablo de Amil

Pablo de Amil is a computer engineer, graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, head of ICT Area in Secretary of Digital Administration - Ministry of Finance and Public Administration. Project Manager of several ICT systems, highlighting the FACe platform (single point contact for electronic invoicing in the Public Sector). Coordinator of diverse forums related to electronic invoicing and member of several groups of digital administration.

Ewa Dobrzeniecka

Ewa Dobrzeniecka is a Senior Project manager at the Polish Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILIM) in Poznań, which is both a public research institute and a centre for technology transfer. She is in charge of supporting researchers in putting their innovative ideas into practice with the help of different European funds (INTERREGS, FP6, FP7, CIP – ICT PSP and IEE, EUREKA). Ewa has been implementing EU-funded projects for more than eight years, dealing mostly with coordination and managerial issues throughout a project’s lifetime. Apart from being actively involved in a number of EU projects, she was personally responsible for the coordination of two FP7 projects: KOMODA (10 partners) and B2B LOCO (16 partners). Since 2015 Ewa has been working as an external Evaluation expert for the European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA).

Christian Rasmussen

Christian Rasmussen is currently working as a senior Business Development Manager at e-Boks A/S. Since 2009 he has been advising the European Commission on digitisation projects and strategy, including Horizon2020 and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), by acting as ambassador for the developed ICT components funded by EU. Christian has a vast experience in working with governments, private sector, consulting and research/development in Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Middle East. He was one of the first agile managers to be trained and educated at LEGO, and he was the first portfolio manager hired to build up an agile PMO within the Danish government.

Pirjo Ilola

Pirjo Ilola is Head of Payments Standardisation and e-invoicing at Finance Finland. Ms. Ilola is playing an essential role in the development of electronic invoicing known as Finvoice in Finland.  Ms. Ilola is Finnish representative in the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing and co-chair in Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB) The Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment (EIPP) Multi-Stakeholder Group. Ms Ilola has wide experience about national and international payment standards and a long working history in the payments area, cash management and development of corporate customer payment service system.  Ms. Ilola has good knowledge of the ISO 20022 and SEPA standards gained at work in the different working groups at the Finance Finland and The European Payments Council (ECP).

Anna Elverheim

Anna Elverheim has long experience in, and a passion for, the field of e-invoicing. She is the Chairman of the Swedish national e-invoice forum, with the objective to help pave the way for a broad scale adoption of e-invoicing at national and EU-level. Since 15 years Anna Elverheim has worked in the areas of finance and business systems for the software-supplier Hogia Group. Today, she is leading the work to provide the market with user-friendly applications and services for e-invoicing as part of their ERP systems.

Gerardo de Caro

Gerardo de Caro has been working for the Italian revenue Agency for the past 14 years. He is currently responsible for the Office of Systems and Infrastructures of digital services and follows the technological aspects of the process of receiving and forwarding electronic invoices exchanged between private parties (B2B and B2C) and conveyed by the Interchange System (in Italian “Sistema di interscambio”), in accordance with the regulatory provisions introduced by the Budget Law for 2018. Gerardo is also the contact person for the Inland Revenue within the interinstitutional group for electronic invoicing to the Public Administration (B2G), established in 2009. He participated in the design of the Interchange System, followed the realization by Sogei SpA, and he managed the interactions with the IT platforms, managed by Agid and RGS, "contiguous" in the process according to the provisions of Law 244/2007.

Andriana Prentza

Andriana Prentza is Associate Professor at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece. She is experienced expert in eInvoicing and eProcurement in general and has participated in the PEPPOL LSP and coordinated the Greek pilots, in the e-SENS LSP, which included an eInvoicing pilot, as Piloting Deputy Leader, and as Head of Beneficiary for Greece and she is currently the Piloting Deputy Leader in the TOOP LSP which includes Once-Only Principle in eProcurement. She participates in OpenPEPPOL as representative of UPRC and member of the Change Management Board of the pre-award coordinating community.

Maura Howe

Maura Howe is the Communication Manager for the eInvoicing Programme at the Irish Office of Government Procurement.  She came to eInvoicing Ireland from the Pensions Authority where for the past four years she had been responsibility for managing communications and operations. Prior to that, Maura had been the programme manager for the National Pensions Awareness Campaign. Maura joined the public sector after eight years working as a communications consultant across a wide range of private sector industries including IT, with FTI Consulting. Maura is a Drama and Italian Bachelor of Arts graduate from Trinity College, with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Communications and Journalism from Griffith College. She is currently studying a Masters in Strategic Management and Planning at Smurfit Business School, UCD, Dublin.

Christos Loucaides

Christos Loucaides is a Certified Project Manager and Implementation Analyst at Goldman Solutions & Services Ltd. He is into consulting, analysis, implementation and project management of Information Technology projects for the last 28 years. He has considerable knowledge and experience in banking and financial processes & controls from his background in the IT Department of a Bank for more than 24 years. Christos was the Project Manager and Lead Analyst of the ‘e-Invoicing Cyprus’ project, which was co-funded by the Connecting Europe Facility.

Joao Rodrigues Frade

Joao Rodrigues Frade is an experienced Enterprise Architect in the European Commission, specialising in large complex projects. He is currently heading the CEF Building Blocks sector in the Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT) which includes CEF eInvoicing.

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