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Presentations CEN/ISSS workshop Brussels June 18th

July 21, 2009  |  Adoption, Events, Publications

At June 18th 2009, the CEN/ISSS E-invoice Phase II held an open meeting in Brussels. The purpose of this meeting was to present the public with the more or less final results based on the objectives of this Phase II workshop:

An adoption programme for increased electronic invoicing in European business processes.

1. Compliance of electronic invoice implementations with Council Directive 2001/115/EC and the national legislation regarding electronic invoices;

2. Cost effective authenticity and integrity of electronic invoices and related business documents regardless of formats and technologies;

3. Implementation of compliant electronic invoice systems in using emerging technologies and business processes;

4. A framework for the emerging network infrastructure of ‘invoice operators’ throughout Europe.

These are the presentations that were held during this day.

CEN/ISSS E-invoice final deliverables June 18th – What to expect?

June 10, 2009  |  Events, Featured Articles, Publications

CEN/ISSS invites everyone to attend the 4th CEN Industry Conference on Electronic Invoicing and Compliance. The conference takes place in the Diamant Building in Brussels on June 18th 2009.

After the completion of the CEN/ISSS eInvoicing Phase I Workshop in 2006, a Phase II workshop was launched in 2007. Now, during the Open Meeting on June 18th 2009, the final deliverables of this Phase II will be presented to reach out for public comments and reviews.

CEN/ISSS e-Invoicing Phase II: five Working Groups

Five projects have gone under way, with Working Groups:

1.      An adoption programme for increased electronic invoicing in European business processes

2.      Compliance of electronic invoice implementations with Council Directive 2001/115/EC and the national legislation as regards electronic invoices;

3.      Cost effective authenticity and integrity of electronic invoices and related business documents regardless of formats and technologies;

4.      Implementation of compliant electronic invoice systems in using emerging technologies and business processes;

5.      A framework for the emerging network infrastructure of ‘invoice operators’ throughout Europe.
Resulting in several deliverables, the Working Groups and the entire CEN e-Invoicing Workshop aim to stimulate further standardisation in the domain of electronic invoicing in Europe. It should be noted that the activities are explicitly not directed towards standardisation of a document format such as UN/CEFACT or UBL.
What kind of deliverables can we expect?
So what kind of results can we expect at the Open Meeting on June 18th 2009? To get answer on that question we could take a look at the presentations performed during the Open Meeting in 2008.

In short – to be honest: as far as the EEI Platform can see- it is expected that at least the following deliverables will be presented:

–          The Draft Good Practice Guidelines (Working group 2 and 3)

–          E-invoice Gateway (Working group 1)

–          Review of CWA 15576 (Working group 4)

–          Review CWA 15582 (Working group 4)
NOTE: The EEI Platform has been chair of Working group 4 for some time. It resigned from this position due to a conflict of co-operation with one of the Workshop chairs and a difference of vision with regard to the expected deliverables and their content. The EEI Platform proposed to deliver:

–          A Common Body of Definitions

–          An Interaction Framework

–          An E-invoicing Innovation Guideline
Progress put into perspective
So what progress has been achieved during the last twelve months? The only way to find out is to go the CEN/ISSS e-Invoice Open Conference. But not before you had a chance to look the presentations from 2008. That way you could put the new information en statements into perspective:

2008 – Working Group 1
Raising awareness of electronic invoices

2008 – Working Group 2
Overview on compliance of electronic invoices

2008 – Working Group 2:
Compliance of electronic invoices

2008 – Working Group 2:
Legal and regulatory inhibitors

2008 – Working Group 3:
Cost effective means to guarantee authenticity & integrity

2008 – Working Group 4:
Emerging technologies and business processes

2008 – Working Group 5:
Interconnection of service providers

With the final deliverables, the CEN e-Invoicing Workshop has stimulated further standardization work in the domain of electronic invoices in Europe, with a view to supporting:
– the compliance of electronic invoice implementations to Council Directive 2001/115/EC and the national legislation as regards electronic invoices;
– the effective implementation of compliant electronic invoice systems in using emerging technologies and business processes, in business-to-business as well as in business-to-government scenarios; and
– the emerging network infrastructure of invoice operators throughout Europe.

The eInvoicing Workshop Phase II is mandated by the European Commission to provide advice on the European electronic invoice implementation process. With more than 60 companies actively participating, the Workshop has become the sounding board of the electronic invoice industry – comprising software companies, service providers, end-users as well as tax authorities (e.g. Spain, NL, UK, Italy, Romania).

CEN/ISSS conference “Electronic Invoices & Compliance”
JUNE 18th, 2009 10:00 – 17:00 CET
Boulevard Reyers 80, 1030 BRUSSELS, Belgium

The Open Conference is free of charge !
For participation, please register before 10 June at:

If you have any question about the registration, please contact:
Emmanuelle Ramaz, Workshop Assistant CEN,
Innovation & Business Development Department
Tel + 32 2 550 08 13


09:30 Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome and introduction CEN Secretary General Stefan Engel-Flechsig & Anders Grangard (CEN/ISSS Workshop Co-Chairs),
10:15 Perspectives on e-Business (Welcome note by the European Commission, DG Enterprise)
10.30 Summary of the Phase II results: Stefan Engel-Flechsig
11.00 WG2: Overview on compliance of electronic invoices – Joost Kuipers
11.15 WG2: CEN Compliance Guidelines – Christiaan van der Valk
11.45 WG2: Legal and regulatory inhibitors – Tony Nisbett

12:15 Lunch break

13:15 WG : Cost effective means to guarantee authenticity & integrity – Johan Borendal & Nick Pope
14:00 WG 4: Emerging technologies and business processes – Anders Grangard & Adrian Mueller
14:45 WG 5: Interconnection of service providers – Ahti Allikas & Jari Salo

15.30 Coffee & tea

16.00 WG 1: Raising awareness of electronic invoices – Georg Lindsberger & Helmut Aschbacher
16:30 Final discussions and recommendations from the audience
17:00 Wrap-up, close of meeting & networking

For participation please register before 10 June at:

EC workshop eProcurement solutions in Vienna

September 27, 2008  |  Adoption, Events, Publications

The IDABC programme ( is supporting the design and development of eProcurement solutions compliant with the public procurement Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, by providing tools (mainly, the eProcurement demonstrators, the helpdesk service and the Functional Requirements) that can be used as examples and guidelines.  The eProcurement Forum, a community within the ePractice portal, is organizing in cooperation with Auftrag.AT a workshop to exchange experiences about the development of Public eProcurement solutions aligned with the European legislation. The workshop will take place on the 14th January 2009 at the Schönbrunn Palace Conference Centre in Wien (Austria).
The participants will have the opportunity to have an insight into the IDABC eProcurement demonstrators and to be presented with some eProcurement cases developed using the IDABC tools as sources of inspirations.  This workshop targets all the European eProcurement experts and in particular those belonging to:

  • Public Administrations that are setting up new eProcurement solutions and are interested in capitalising on other experiences and in receiving information on available guidelines and tools
  • IT companies in charge of the development of eProcurement solutions
  • Organisations responsible for existing eProcurement solutions that need to be aligned with the European legislation

A “Call for presentations” is open until the 5th December 2008. Please contact the eProcurement Forum by e-mail  ( if you need further information on the event, or if you are interested in sharing your experience and in presenting a case.

Registration is possible via the ePractice website at  Please note that attendance is free and open to everyone who has been registered on the ePractice portal. Since the available places are limited, interested experts are invited to register soon. 

ETSI: 4th Security Workshop in Sophia Antilopis (F)

September 27, 2008  |  Events

ETSI will organise its 4th Security Workshop to be held at ETSI
Headquarters, in Sophia Antipolis, France, on the 13th and 14th of January 2009. The increasing complexity and rapid development of new systems and networks, the sophistication of changing threats, and the presence of intrinsic vulnerabilities present demanding challenges for the Information society in its efforts to secure Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and networks against the threats and related risks to which they are subject. To minimise exposure to risks, Security must be built in from the beginning when designing new architectures, and not added on at a later stage as an optional feature.

Security standards, sometimes in support of legislative actions, are essential to ensure
interoperability between products using the same security mechanisms, to provide globally acceptable security metrics, as well as to ensure an adequate level of security for these products. This leads to a more secure and profitable environment for the industrial sector from SME to large global companies, as well as benefits for governmental organisations, research bodies and universities.

The annual ETSI Security Workshop has evolved into a world reference and is acknowledged by many to the annual international security standardisation workshop to attend, bringing together international Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) and security experts to discuss recent developments, share knowledge, identify gaps and co-ordinate on future actions and work areas and to maintain our reputation and commitment in this area.The workshop will include overviews of the work being done in the area of security across standards and technical bodies, along with presentations from major organisations involved in security initiatives.


Online registration for this workshop is now open. Attendance at the workshop is free of charge and open to everyone.

This event is in the past




4th eBIF Conference ‘e-Business interoperability practice’ in Utrecht (NL)

September 18, 2008  |  Adoption, Events, Publications

e-Business interoperability practice: examples, impacts and standardization challenges’ 

Day 1 – 8 December 2008
Programme starts 10.00

Opening by Peter Potgieser, ABN AMRO, Chairman CEN/ISSS e-Business Interoperability Forum and Equens speaker

Keynote: ICT standardization and eBusiness policy developments
Costas Andropoulos, Head of Unit, European Commission, Enterprise and Industry Directorate General

Practical examples papiNet implementation and deployment practice
Tom Meniga, Managing Director, Freecom

eBIZ-TIC project – eBusiness standards pilots in the textile and footwear industry
Piero De Sabbata or Milena Stefanova, ENEA eTrade UN/CEFACT speaker Interoperability between eInvoicing systems Anachron speaker Questions and answers

RFID and the Internet of things
Speaker from the European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate General (tbc)

Beyond SOA: interoperability challenges in the Digital Ecosystem era
Pierfranco Ferronato, Chief Architect, Soluta.Net

ICT implications for energy consumption and growth
Reinhard Madlener, E.ON Energy Research Centre (tbc)


Day 2 – Tuesday 9 December 2008 
Programme starts 09.30

Critical issues – Title to be confirmed
Paul van Exel, USPI (tbc)

Education in e-business standards and standardization policy
Speaker to be confirmed

Methodologies for Global eBusiness test beds
Speaker tbc 
For more information, visit the website of CEN


02-12-2008: CBI/ABI event – Forum on e-Invoicing in Rome

September 16, 2008  |  Adoption, Events, Publications

On December 2nd and 3rd 2008, a forum is dedicated to amongst others international developments on electronic invoices, the analysis of international scenarios and the in-depth examination of business and technical aspects of the new advanced services dedicated to banks and enterprises. The event will take place in Rome.

This is the agenda of the event.

If you are interested in visiting this event, you can view the registration form here.



01-12-08: Knowledge and Innovation Policy Dialogue in Brussel

September 16, 2008  |  Events

Following the successful launch of the Knowledge4Innovation Initiative during a dinner on 8 April, 2008 in the European Parliament in Brussels, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Lisbon Forum affording its members the opportunity to engage in a structured and ongoing ‘Policy Dialogue’ with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the other EU Institutions and among each other.

(No longer actual)

25-11-2008: – Administrative burden

September 16, 2008  |  Events

In its Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burden, the European Commission proposes actions in order to reduce the cost stemming from EC and national regulations by 25% until 2012. The cost for businesses for filling forms and reporting according to obligatory regulations is estimated to add up to 3% of the GDP in the EU. Reducing unnecessary obligations could therefore save costs and increase productivity and competitiveness.The Commission is not only concerned with reducing unnecessary EU regulations, but also with accelerating the sharing between national simplification programmes which in many member states already exist. Necessary elements of such programmes are methods for measuring and reducing the administrative burden such as the Standard Cost Model (SCM) and principles, which includes procedural simplification and integrates different reporting processes into one single filing provision.

OBJECTIVES of the workshop

– Discuss and look at how eGovernment can be an effective tool in the reduction of administrative burden for public administration, business and citizens.
– Inform about the present activities of the European Commission by speakers from DG Enterprise and DG Infosoc including the latest call within the ICT PSP Work Programme 2008;
– Provide an up to date overview of the latest activities of the SCM Network;
– Present good practice cases from Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, among others, showing how administrative burden is being reduced for business, citizens and government;
– Provide participants an opportunity to raise questions and discuss these good practice examples with the case presenters in three parallel working groups.

More information to be found on the website of


24-11-2008: IIR Telecoms – Next Generation Billing 2008

September 16, 2008  |  Events

The conference and exhibition offers delegates the most up-to-date information on developing a cost effective, flexible and differentiated billing, IT and customer management strategy to benefit from Next Generation product portfolios and convergence.

Check here for more information.

06-11-2008: Spanish Conference on electronic invoices in Seville

September 15, 2008  |  Adoption, Events

Encuentro de Expertos en Factura Electrónica, XBRL y Contratación Pública

The Encounter of Experts in Electronic Invoice, XBRL and Public Hiring, organized by the Association of Industrialists of Technologies of the Information and Communications of Andalusia, ETICOM and SANDETEL, public company of the Council of Innovation, Science and Company of the Andalusian Government, is the main event on Electronic Invoice, XBRL and and-administration organized to date in Andalusia.
With the participation of some of the best international and national experts in these fields, pertaining to organizations like the European Union, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain’s Govenment, the Tributary Agency, the Chamber of Commerce of Andalusia and RED.ES and FUNDETEC, the event has the objective of being a key event when it comes to electronic interchange of invoices, documents and financial statements, for both companies and public entities.
This new panorama appears to be a great opportunity of business for the companies of the sector TIC, besides to become for the administrations and public companies an instrument that remarkably improves the productivity and the quality of the service of attention to citizens and companies.

The entering in to force of the obligatory terms for companies to send electronic invoice to the Administration that will begin first at the beginning of 2009 for large companies. In November of 2010 it will extended to the entire private sector. It will also including hiring processes, administrative conflicts, tenders, VAT, et cetera. 
This first encounter of Experts in Electronic Invoice, XBRL and Public Hiring, will be held on 6 November 2008 in the Centro de Convenciones del Hotel Barceló of Seville. The event is invaluable for companies and public administrations.

Registration and ore information on