Portugal and its Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira, AT, have been working on implementing eInvoicing in the country for many years as part of their move towards an eProcurement strategy. The entry into force in 2004 of the Decreto-Lei no. 256/2003, of 21 October 2003 laid the foundations for eInvoicing in Portugal; establishing the technical conditions for the sending, processing, receiving and archiving e-invoices, as well as recommending their use in the country's public administrations.
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The Italian Council of Ministers, at the proposal of the President Giuseppe Conte and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Giovanni Tria, in consultation with the Minister of Economic Development, Luigi Di Maio and the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Toninelli Danilo, approved on 27 June 2018 a decree-law that introduces some urgent provisions on the obligations for electronic invoicing in Italy for companies in the fuel sector.
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.
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.