Electronic invoicing is nowadays used worldwide and is being increasingly implemented in all industries and for all kinds of transactions. In particular, in Germany, nearly 32,000 million e-invoices are exchanged every year. The German Government has legislated to promote their use, given the benefits they bring to both companies and the state itself. Moreover, the European Union has made them mandatory in certain transactions and the private sector makes an increasing use of them.
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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.