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European perspective on e-Invoicing and e-Procurement - European Commission

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  • The reasons for migration Cost savings : less paper, reduced printing and postage costs. Quicker retrieval of money : acceleration of payments. The information in electronic invoices can be fed directly into a company's payments and accounting systems . Competitiveness : e-invoicing (like others measures which contribute to the digitalisation of business processes) raises productivity and customer satisfaction Support the single Market : e-invoicing contributes to the uptake of SEPA (“Single European Payment Area”) And on the top “Contribution to the environment” : reduction of paper use, invoices are transferred automatically (no more transport needed).


  • 1. European Commission Enterprise and Industry European e-Business Lab Conference Nathalie Pasquier Bari, 29 October 2010
  • 2. European perspective on E-invoicing and E-procurement
    • Future initiatives
    • Distinction E-invoicing/E-procurement
  • 3. Digital Agenda for Europe
    • Adopted in May 2010
    • Aim “deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications”
    • Achieved by “vibrant digital single market” through making online and cross border transactions straightforward
      • Common currency but e-payments and e-invoicing is fragmented
      • Most public online services do not work across borders to the detriment of the mobility of businesses and citizens
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  • 4. E-invoicing : reasons for adoption Improved cash flow Support the Single Market Cost savings Improve Competitiveness
  • 5. VAT Invoicing Directive
    • Adopted on 13 July 2010 (Directive 2010/45/EU)
    • Need to remove barriers to uptake of e-invoicing :
      • Paper and e-invoices treated equally
      • Burden on paper invoices not increase
    • Consistent transposition of the Directive is critical to avoid a fragmented approach in EU27 Member States
  • 6. Communication on e-invoicing
    • Communication still in draft
    • Aim is for publication in November 2010
    • Builds on the work of the Expert Group on e-Invoicing (2008-2009)
      • Members appointed represented key stakeholders
      • November 2009 published Final Report
      • Recommendations on SMEs, standards, legal
      • framework and interoperability
      • Findings endorsed by public consultation
      • and Madrid conference (April 2010)
  • 7. Communication on e-invoicing
    • Communication should address
      • Consistent transposition of VAT Invoicing Directive (2010/45/EU)
      • Mass adoption through SMEs
      • Promote common standards
      • Allow sender to exchange e-invoices with any receiver
  • 8. E-procurement
    • Reasons for adoption :
      • Increased accessibility and transparency
      • Reduce administrative costs and speed up procedures
      • Integration of EU procurement markets
    • « By 2010 at least 50% of public procurement above the EU public procurement threshold will be carried out electronically  » Manchester Declaration, 2005
    • Less than 5% of total procurement budgets is awarded through electronic systems (2010)
    • Outstanding challenges and issues need to be resolved
  • 9. Green paper on « Expanding the use of e-procurement in the EU »
    • Consultation document : Your input is needed!
    • The Commission wants to consult interested parties on how it can encourage buyers and businesses to use e-procurement
    • Responses to be sent by 31 January 2011
    • Open Hearing in Brussels on 25 November 2010 : “Accelerating e-Procurement: what role for the EU?”
    • Followed by a White Paper in 2011
  • 10. Green paper on « Expanding the use of e-procurement in the EU »
    • How to accelerate the take-up of e-procurement?
    • In which areas EU intervention is needed to avoid the emergence of barriers to cross-border e-procurement?
    • How the EU can facilitate interconnectivity and interoperability in e-procurement landscape?
    • What further steps might be taken to improve the access of all interested parties, SMEs in particular, to e-procurement systems?
  • 11. Thank you for your attention
    • Further information :
    • http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/index_en.htm
    • http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/ict/e-invoicing
    • http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/index_en.htm
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