The new EU e-procurement directive. Dead on arrival? About PEPPOL, SEPA and GSM

September 23, 2013  |  E-procurement, Europe, Government  |  Comments Off

In a series of posts Mikkel Hippe Brun from Tradeshift discusses the new EU B2G e-procurement and e-invoicing directive. Mikkel makes the comparison to the successful PEPPOL infrastructure and wonders why the draft directive on B2G e-procurement and e-invoicing calls for a blank slate – effectively ignoring the success and hard work of several member states in demonstrating a scalable solution for Europe.
Mikkel also takes a look at the success of the GSM standard in Europe and what it meant for the European telco industry. And between the lines you can read about the danger that just like SEPA, the EU gets stuck with a pan European system that throws away the efficiencies, first mover advantages and great lessons learned by the Nordics.

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Formpipe chosen as vendor for 160mln Euro Danish public sector frame agreement

September 22, 2013  |  Digitalisation, Europe, Government  |  Comments Off

Formpipe has been chosen as vendor for the Danish SKI frame agreement regarding IT Solutions and Maintenance. SKI expects the agreement to be worth 1,2 billion Danish Krones, 160 million Euro. The entire SKI frame agreement consists of 18 sub-agreements. Formpipe decided to bid for three; Case and Document Management, Collaboration and Digital Self Service, and was top rated in all three of them.
SKI frame agreement is a central agreement, available for all public agencies, ministries, regions and municipalities enabling clients easier access to vendors and offerings. This agreement replaces the previous agreement that expired February 2012.

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Electronic invoicing in Kazakhstan as from July 2014

September 18, 2013  |  Asia, E-procurement, Electronic Invoicing, Government  |  Comments Off

Late 2011 we already wrote about e-invoicing in Kazakhstan. At that time the Deputy Chairman of the Tax Committee Argyn Kipshakov said that Kazakhstan was to switch to electronic invoicing as from 1 July 2012. But that has been postponed to July 2014. As from October 2013 a pilot mode with electronic invoices is planned with taxpayers that have voluntary expressed the desire to start with einvoicing.
According to Tax Committee in Kazakhstan, ensuring comprehensive control of reflection with individuals of the income and identification of the persons who are evading paying taxes, is complicated as the declaration on the income and data on property are submitted by only 3.8% part of the population of Kazakhstan. Perhaps they’d better start with upgrading that percentage before thinking of introducing online billing.

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Be aware! The end of the Portuguese SAFT-PT grace period is near

September 16, 2013  |  Digitalisation, Financial software, Government  |  Comments Off

On 15th October 2013, the grace period extended by the Portuguese customs and tax authorities to businesses for implementation of the new electronic model for the control of goods movements in Portuguese territories comes to an end. After 15 October 2013, the tax administration will monitor all goods movements electronically and any company failing to provide prior notification of the shipment of goods by means of the electronic transport document (SAFT-PT) will be liable to prosecution and may be fined. The EDICOM solution is completely in line with the current regulations and provides businesses a totally automated transport document issuing system with customized integration in their internal management systems.

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1, 2 and 3… Migrate from CFD to CFDI in three easy steps!

September 16, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Government, Latin America, Legal  |  Comments Off

As of January 1, 2014, the Digital Tax Invoice via Internet (CFDI) replaces the former e-Invoice (CFD) as the mandatory electronic invoicing model in Mexico. The new regulation obliges all taxpayers who generate revenue of more than $ 250,000 annually to adhere to the CFDI, and relieves the issuers of having to administer serial and folio numbers or make monthly invoice declarations.
Are you one of the taxpayers currently still working with the CFD schema? Well, then you must change over to the new electronic billing model as of 1 January 2014!! In this post EDICOM briefly explains how to migrate your invoicing solution quickly and safely in these three easy steps.

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Four must reads on Brazilian and LATAM e-invoicing rules of the game

September 13, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Government, Latin America, Legal, Standards  |  Comments Off

When it comes to legally compliant e-invoicing in Latin America, Invoiceware is your source to go to. Just as a few weeks they provided a series of articles on the rules of the game in Brazil and in Latin America. Such as the post on the latest version of Nota Fiscal (version 3.1), demanding all companies to be live with by the end of 2014. And this post “2014 Changes to Brazil Nota Fiscal – Challenge or Opportunity?” But also their post on how national government e-invoicing compliance affects a global SAP deployment. And last but certainly not least: “Avoiding Trouble When Doing Business In Latin America: Does Your Local Supplier Have Best Practices In Place?

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ComReg: forcing up e-billing is a change of contract and a breach of statutory regulations

September 10, 2013  |  Adoption, Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Featured Articles, Government, Legal  |  Comments Off

Hail, hail ComReg! The Irish ComReg (Commission for Communications Regulation) quite probably is at the forefront of consumer protection when it comes to e-billing adoption. In this case communications provider EirCom began changing customers to e-billing. Even though EirCom notified the affected customers on three separate occasions, under ComReg rules EirCom should have given its customers the chance to reject or opt out of it.
ComReg stated that the implementation of the online billing represented a change to the customers’ contracts, and that EirCom had not complied with its statutory obligations by the Universal Service Regulations to notify customers of such modifications.

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Belgian government moves to full B2G electronic invoicing

Belgian government moves to full B2G electronic invoicing

The new system should result in a sharp drop in the administrative burden both for the government and for businesses. It should also provide a powerful tool in monitoring and reducing payment terms.
With e-invoicing the Flemish government wants to achieve an efficiency gain of € 7.6 million on a total of 700,000 invoices per year. The implementation of the system goes through various phases. Around January 1, 2014 a digital billing platform is erected to make it possible to receive invoices. As from 1 January 2015, companies have the opportunity to send digital invoices to all entities of the Flemish government. By 2017, all invoices are to be received and processed digitally.

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UK Government wants mandatory e-procurement for health services sector in 2014

August 13, 2013  |  E-procurement, Europe, Government  |  Comments Off

A new UK ‘eProcurement strategy’ for the entire NHS will be unveiled next month. Its centrepiece will be fierce pressure to adopt the ‘GS1 coding standard’, which is recognised worldwide for unique identification of products, locations and services. When into place, all hospitals in England must adopt international barcodes to buy their goods. This should save the taxpayer £1.5bn a year.

As part of this e-procurement plan, the use of e-invoicing is investigated in conjunction with the EU plans for mandatory electronic invoicing in combination with e-procurement.


Malaysia introduces next generation e-procurement system

August 13, 2013  |  Asia, E-procurement, Government  |  Comments Off

After 12 years of loyal service, the Malaysian government’s flagship e-procurement system called ePerolehan (eP) is to be replaced by a new eP system, NextGen eP, by 2015, as part of the country’s Government Transformation Programme . The new system’s digital architecture also supports the Digital Malaysia initiative, a national programme to advance the country towards a full digital economy by 2020.
The current eP system has modernised the government-to-business procurement landscape, since its launch in 1999. Earlier this month, the portal reached RM60 billion (US $18.5 billion) with over 1.5 million transactions since its inception. The new system:

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