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EESPA publishes annual Public Policy Positions: recommendations for stakeholders

EESPA and its members seek to engage in the public policy debate on e-invoicing in the interests of wider e-invoicing adoption. The Summary (v8.0 dated 10 November 2017) of current public positions on relevant topics are published for all stakeholders and cover the following key issues:

EESPA has a vision of ‘the complete digitization of supply chain and e-invoicing processes, based on an interoperable eco-system, ease of use, and secure and sustainable processes’, and supports concerted action by all stakeholders to promote the benefits of e-invoicing for both the public and private sector.
The EU should continue to promote greater uniformity and legal clarity in e-invoicing and e-archiving laws and regulations, which should be unambiguous, harmonised and practical to implement. There is a growing trend towards the imposition of additional requirements, typically for real-time reporting of invoices to the tax authorities at EU Member State level, which is creating new elements of fragmentation.
The new EU core invoice standard (EN) is an important enabling initiative but needs a strong focus on implementation, to ensure its success.
Europe should look outwards and evaluate e-invoicing policy models in other continents for its own use, suitably tailored towards the European Single Market and Digital Agenda.
Policies related to e-procurement and e-invoicing should be solution neutral and recognize the trend towards ‘cloud’ based service and outsourcing models.
EESPA is pleased to participate in a wide range of legal, policy and implementation-related initiatives.

These positions were approved at the EESPA Annual General Meeting on 30 November 2018.

For more information

Secretary General, EESPA
Charles Bryant

Co-Chair, EESPA
Bengt Nilsson

Co-Chair, EESPA
Marcus Laube


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