In April 2018, the German National IT Planning Council, IT-Planungsrat, decided to establish the mandatory use of the eDelivery PEPPOL network for the issuing of electronic invoices to the public administrations in Germany. The application schedule will be decided in October, but the decision made in April already establishes the first step for eInvoicing in the German public sector.
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Electronic invoicing in Italy was first promoted through the Finance Act of 2008 (Italian Legge 24 December 2007, no. 244), which established the issuing, transmission, storing and archiving of invoices issued with the public authorities (B2G) in electronic format, with the aim of simplifying the process for invoicing and registering tax operations.
PEPPOL is a set of standards and specifications enabling cross-border eProcurement among the various European countries. The use of this network is governed by a multi-lateral agreement structure born during the development of the Pan-European Public Procurement Online project, which took place between May 2008 and August 2012. These requirements are currently owned and maintained by OpenPEPPOL; an international non-profit association which emerged in 2012 once the PEPPOL project concluded.
Electronic Document Interchange, EDI, is turning into an essential solution for companies as it generates many benefits, improves competitiveness and boosts the efficiency of businesses.
The standard format used in electronic data interchange (EDI) for administration, commerce and transport is defined by the United Nations and is known as UN/EDIFACT. It consists of a set of internationally agreed standards, directories, and guidelines for the electronic interchange of structured data, between independent computerised information systems.
Starting to use EDI means adapting your procedures and programs in areas such as invoicing, warehousing and accounting, to a new language and coding that most of the ERPs on the market do not cover. Why? The main reason is that it is a type of relationship that takes into account both the sender and receiver, while ERPs usually focus only and exclusively on organising the customer and not so much on the relationship between that customer and their commercial partners - customers and suppliers.
The use of electronic data interchange is common in many industries, but it has penetrated the following sectors more thoroughly: Retail (supermarkets, department stores, distributors, etc.), Automotive (car or car part manufacturers, dealerships, etc.), Healthcare (hospitals, health centres, clinics, chemists, etc.), and Transport.
European e-invoicing service providers report a significant growth of 27% and over 1 ¼ billion processed e-invoices in 2015
1 252 million electronic invoices were processed and delivered in 2015 by members of the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA), based on a set of survey results completed in July 2016. This represented a significant growth of 27 per cent over 2014 volumes of 985 million.