B2G e-Invoicing in the European UnionOn February 3, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
B2G e-Invoicing in the European Union 2018 is a key year for public administrations across Europe as it marks the start of the application of Directive 2014/55/EU whereby all public administrations must, irrespective of the Member State they belong to, be in a position to accept electronic invoices from their suppliers. The main purpose of this directive is to allow suppliers to standardize and work with a single format and to foster cross-border interoperability between countries. The system aims to create common interoperability in Member States so that suppliers can implement e-invoicing, including in the private sphere. The process delivers traceability and control of overall document flows at the government level. It particularly makes it easier for companies with a global reach that need to invoice different Member States. A French supplier will be able to submit an e-invoice to the German public administration. A German supplier do the same with the French public administration. We’ve been carrying out e-invoicing for public procurement in Spain for years and what we have to do now is adapt the technical system to be able to receive invoices in the formats regulated by the EU. In the case of France, e-invoicing was implemented via a system called Chorus Pro. It began in 2017 and it has been mandatory for large French companies to use it since 1 January 2017. Its reach was expanded to include medium-sized companies on 1 January 2018. It’s important to know that in France, EDICOM can work for both sides of the process: we are technology service providers for State suppliers and we also provide our services to public administrations. Within the public administration digitalization process, the Italian public administration introduced a pilot project in 2017 to allocate more content to the Sistema de Interscambio. Until then, this system had only processed invoices received from the suppliers, and now it will also process the orders from the public administration to the suppliers. The UK case is an example of the implementation of the electronic invoicing in the public sector. The National Healthcare System is hugely working on such standards and with a clear roadmap for make this growing in the upcoming years. Also, in Germany, the adoption of electronic invoicing following the European Directive was an opportunity to create a kind of a national standard that will be implemented by all the public administration in the upcoming years. When you go to Eastern Europe, countries like Poland is now working in define a kind of national platform. That’s why it’s good to have a global partner who can guide you and closely monitor not just your business but many other retail trading partners with the same problems. EDICOM has taken up the mantle of covering all of a company’s global needs so that businesses can address all the different laws in each country from a single global solution. Our core added value is internationalization. We are a company that has been operating since 1995 and we began our first international experience in the year 2000. EDICOM has been along the years a global centralized platform with proprietary technology supporting the operation of large corporations. For companies, one of the main advantages of working with a partner like EDICOM is leveraging its long-term insight and the flexibility needed to roll out transactions with any of their trading partners, regardless of country of origin or destination.