Archive for Government

Give the EC your view on e-invoicing in public procurement!

Some of the EU member states have made e-invoicing mandatory for business-to-government (B2G) transactions, which has led to several separate national e-invoicing systems. The result: fragmentation of the internal market. The EC is trying to figure how to overcome the barriers of e-invoicing in public procurement. You’ve guessed it: a consultation.

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Portugal complies with Council Directive 2010/45/EU

October 16, 2012  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Government, Legal

Council Directive 2010/45/EU says that “Member States shall adopt and publish, by 31 December 2012 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive.” Portugal is one of these 27 member states and properly plays by the rules, because its government has published VAT legislative changes.

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Bruges first to embark on e-invoicing project

October 9, 2012  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Government

It’s for good reason that the medieval centre of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest city in the Belgian province of West Flanders doesn’t hang around in the Middle Ages when it comes to e-invoicing, because Bruges kicks off a major project to start off local authorities with e-invoicing in a simple and fast way.

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EU doesn’t keep up with e-invoicing pace

Susie West’s sharedserviceslink.com wants to keep its community for leaders in finance shared services open to different opinions. During their e-Invoicing Europe conference last July the European Commission’s influence on the e-invoicing market was brought up for discussion. The conclusions don’t look too rosy.

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Contribute to EC’s Golden Book of e-Procurement Good Practices

September 18, 2012  |  Europe, Government, Purchase-to-pay

The European Commission invites everyone who has used an e-procurement platform as a bidder to contribute to the Golden Book of e-Procurement Good Practices. The survey is targeting users in a bidder role of any e-Procurement platform across Europe. The period of consultation runs from 11 September 2012 to 11 October 2012.

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US$2.8 million for development of Hong Kong e-billing system

Hong Kongers aren’t afraid of doing things the electronic way. At the end of 2011, for example, there were 7.6 million individual e-banking accounts and 660.000 business e-banking accounts. These numbers must have won over the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), because they will launch an electronic bill presentment and payment system in the second half of 2013.

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Belgian e-invoicing legislation takes a leap forward

August 29, 2012  |  Europe, Featured Articles, Government, Legal

Go Red Devils! We hope that Belgian e-invoicing advances as majorly as their national football team. The recently approved draft proposal that aims to further simplify electronic invoicing and archiving for paper and electronic invoices puts us in an optimistic mood. The Belgians implement European Directive 2010/45/EU of 13 July 2010 with this new law.

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Costa Rican Chinchilla mandates e-invoicing for professional services

To cut down on tax evasion, doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, dentists, and other professionals have to issue electronic invoices later this year. Especially these job types are addressed, because they show the highest rates of tax evasion. It is one of the measures announced by the Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla (#nokidding).

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FACTURA-e: Electronic invoicing with the Spanish public administration.

August 2, 2012  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Government

With Directive 2001/115/EC each of the European member states has adopted (they had to) different approaches to set out a legislative framework for e-invoicing. Including Spain, which has been characterised in recent years by discrepancies in the requirements for electronic invoicing between the public and private sectors. So, what is deal here? Let’s take a look what’s going in Spain.

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What is the deal with EDI and digital signatures after EU liberalisation?

July 24, 2012  |  Electronic Invoicing, Government, Legal

HMRC released a technical note that explains the proposed upcoming modifications to the existing UK VAT invoicing rules. The note reflects the changes introduced by the EU Council Directive 2010/45/EU in the EU. However, GXS's Nigel Taylor ended up with more questions than answers after reading the note...

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