- Associate-Members: other relevant associations
- Full-members: firms that meet the entry criteria
- Corporations providing compliant e-invoicing and related services/support to 3rd party customers
- International not-for-profit Trade Association
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.
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.
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.
The cooperation aims at developing common positions on EU public policy support for e-invoicing, promoting interoperability and rolling out easy-to-use services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.