EESPA, the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association, is an international not-for-profit trade association. Members of EESPA share a common vision and a commitment to supporting the adoption of e-invoicing based on the following principles:

• Serving the interests of customers of all sizes and varieties including large, small and medium-sized enterprises, public bodies and consumers;

• Providing easy to use, convenient and value for money services offered and delivered in a competitive market-place;

• Working to support the vision and implementation of public policy towards compliant e-invoicing, and to promote end-to-end supply chain automation and replacement of paper with wholly electronic transactions;

• Developing and implementing such jointly agreed policies and capabilities that are appropriate and contribute towards creating a well-performing and integrated landscape for e-invoicing and e-business, based on standards and interoperability across Europe.


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January 2017

  1. EESPA annual general meeting well attended and achieved new goals for 2017

    Late November 2016 EESPA held its annual general meeting. 70 people attended from members, associate members and as guests. EESPA now has 59 full members and 11 associate members and continues to grow.

September 2016

  1. The EESPA annual survey results are in: >1 billion B2B, B2G and B2C e-invoices processed!

    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.

July 2016

  1. EESPA + OpenPEPPOL Position Paper: reduce the amount of syntaxes

    EESPA and OpenPEPPOL are very concerned by the provision in the Directive 2014/55/EU that all 300.000+ EU public sector contracting authorities will need to be able to receive electronic invoices expressed in any of a list of up to four syntaxes to be recommended by CEN TC 434 for a European core invoice standard. They propose 2 syntaxes.

June 2016

  1. EESPA and OpenPEPPOl cooperate to support the adoption of EU E-invoicing

    The cooperation aims at developing common positions on EU public policy support for e-invoicing, promoting interoperability and rolling out easy-to-use services.

March 2016

  1. EESPA re-elects Basware CEO as Chair, elects Marcus Laube as Co-Chair and appoints Charles Bryant as Secretary General

    With its current over 60 full and associate members, EESPA focuses on public policy issues, the creation of an interoperable eco-system and championing the widespread adoption of e-invoicing for the benefit of economic efficiency and growth.

February 2016

  1. Benefits of e-invoicing go way beyond savings

    There are some areas in which digitisation has the capacity to transform the way a company conducts its business while also saving it significant amounts of money. Invoicing certainly falls within this category. But e-invoicing also battles fraud.

August 2015

  1. The EESPA annual survey results are in: almost 1 billion e-invoices processed!

    986 million electronic invoices were processed and delivered to invoice receivers in 2014 by EESPA members. This represented a significant growth of 17 per cent over 2013 volumes of 840 million.

    In summary: the 2014 figures reveal a rather less buoyant growth in B2B and B2G transactions processed than in the previous year. The B2C sector on the other hand showed very substantial growth and a growth of over 50% is very striking.

November 2014

  1. 2014: A stellar and eventful year for electronic invoicing?

    In the field of electronic invoicing Charles Bryant is one of the thoughtful leaders. After his well read post on the arguments of implementing Latin American e-invoicing in Europe, he wrote a blog that catalogues in brief a number of significant developments and patterns as to why 2014 has been a stellar and eventful year for electronic invoicing in Europe.

June 2014

  1. EESPA members processed 840 million ‘non PDF’ EU e-invoices in 2013

    EESPA commissioned its first annual survey among its members as part of a continuing commitment to supporting the rapid market growth of e-invoicing and to play its part in monitoring take-up. The survey was carried out through a trusted third party on the basis of actual transaction volumes, collected on a confidential basis from individual EESPA members for the calendar years 2012 and 2013. In 2013 the total volume of non PDF e-invoices rose to over 840 million in 2014.

March 2014

  1. How the EU directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement was born

    EESPA was featured in the latest edition of the prominent ‘Parliament Magazine’ on the model interoperability agreement. Alongside an interesting two-pager on how the the EU directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement come in to existence. The article unveils that the most difficult part of the negotiations with the council was agreeing on the time period available to contracting authorities and entities before the standard is made mandatory. Definitely worth reading.