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Using Google Insights on e-invoicing and invoice automation

October 26, 2009  |  Featured Articles

How can Google Insights help to discover the effectiveness of e-invoicing initiatives and trends for the foreseeable future?

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The need for a Common Body of Definitions

September 7, 2009  |  Featured Articles, Publications

During an increasingly developing era on e-invoicing, a steadily growing number of documents is -being- produced.

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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
DIAMANT BUILDING
Boulevard Reyers 80, 1030 BRUSSELS, Belgium


The Open Conference is free of charge !
For participation, please register before 10 June at:
http://www.cen.eu/isss/meetings


If you have any question about the registration, please contact:
Emmanuelle Ramaz, Workshop Assistant CEN,
Innovation & Business Development Department
e-mail: emmanuelle.ramaz@cen.eu
Tel + 32 2 550 08 13

Agenda

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: http://www.cen.eu/isss/meetings

Dutch Tax Authorities take a head start on the new EU e-invoicing directive

February 16, 2009  |  Adoption, Featured Articles
 
The industry in The Netherlands has been released from a huge paperwork burden, after the political decision was taken to allow e-mail for sending invoices. This administrative change provides entrepreneurs with possible annual savings worth € 600 million.

The tax authorities state that paper is no longer sacred. Companies are allowed to send invoices to each other per email, without having to pass all kinds of rules and regulations. Until now, it was compulsory for companies to prove that their bills were able to meet certain authenticity rules. This rule did not count for citizens. Last month, the new method was put into practice.

Head start
State secretary De Jager (Finance) showed his satisfaction in an interview with newspaper De Telegraaf: “This is a huge gesture to industry, without touching the taxpayers money,” De Jager said.

Dealing with everyday paperwork still costs a lot of money and time. By simply sending their bills by e-mail, businesses can significantly save on paper and postage. It is also possible and fairly easy to digitally process invoices in the computer system. Entrepreneurs are now often working long hours to process paperwork.

Until now it was difficult to send invoices electronically because of the strict authentication requirements. But according to De Jager, digital invoices are no less secure. In anticipation of a law adjustment, he therefore would like to make the first move: “This is a huge motivation for doing a lot more by using digital instruments and it saves hundreds of millions,” says the CDA politician, who also wants to put the subject higher on the European agenda.

Context
Despite this decision organisations still have to live up to their obligation to have a proper (fiscal and financial) administration. The decision makes clear that e-invoicing is part of the entire administration of an organisation. To determine whether an organisation has lived up to his or her –VAT- obligations with e-invoicing, the invoices will be checked against other administrative resources within an organisation and its customers. For instance: financial statements, bank accounts and audit files.

The translated article (using Google Translate) can be found here:

Source: www.telegraaf.nl

A look at the Mid-Term Report of the E-Invoicing Expert Group

January 29, 2009  |  Featured Articles, Publications


Update:
The report outlines the progress made during the first year of the group’s mandate and represents an important step towards a European Electronic Invoicing Framework which the Expert Group will develop until the end of 2009. Stakeholders are invited to comment on the report until 13 March 2009. They should be sent by email to markt-e-invoicing@ec.europa.eu.

Responses will be shared with the Expert Group and potentially be placed on the Commission’s website unless explicitly indicated otherwise by the stakeholders in their response.

On 27 January 2009, the E-invoicing Expert Group disclosed its mid term report on e-invoicing harmonisation. The report deals with business requirements, legal and regulatory issues, network aspects, interoperability and standards. All in a compact 37 pages document.

Vision

The E-invoicing Expert Group states that with this they would like to

”set out a vision for the European e-Invoicing environment, in which trading parties can inter-operate in an open ecosystem based on harmonised legal provisions and greater standardisation. The environment should in particular be attractive to small and medium-sized enterprises and offer the market a competitive array of service provider and other solutions. Public administrations should take a lead in helping to create the environment.”

Business requirements

The Expert Group defined the following key business requirements for a widely adoption and use of e-invoicing:

–          a favourable ratio between (initial and recurring) costs and benefits

–          ease of use (and also maintenance and implementation) of e-invoicing solutions

–          a reduction of manual work for the sender and the receiver and automation of the entire supply chain

–          harmonisation, simplification and clarity of legal requirements

–          communicating and sharing best practices

–          creating a competitive market for service providers in all layers

–          ensures trustworthiness and data protection

Legal and regulatory issues

The Expert Group depicts that the current regulatory framework is a barrier to the adoption and use of e-invoicing and the creation of a Single Market integration. The Expert Group proposes equal treatment of both paper based and electronic invoices.

Luckily both the PriceWaterhouseCoopers analysis of the regulatory frame and the proposal of the European Commission to amend the current Invoicing Directive state that that

”to promote e-invoicing this proposal aims to eliminate the barriers to e-invoicing in the VAT Directive by removing the [legal] differences between invoices sent by electronic means and those sent on paper, thereby ensuring the method of transmission is neutral.’”

Also the majority of the Expert Group proposes the CEN/FISCALIS Draft Good Practice Guidelines as an effective means of creating a control mechanism from a VAT control and fraud prevention point of view.

Interestingly enough the PriceWaterhouseCoopers prefers

an approach similar to the one successfully taken with the Code of Conduct for Transfer Pricing5. We also refer to the Guidance paper on Transaction Information and Record Keeping published by the OECD forum of Tax Administration in May 2004. We would therefore recommend envisaging setting up a mixed working group in which all Member States and a representative number of businesses are represented. The objective would be to develop a common standard set of documentation to be kept by businesses regarding their invoicing and archiving processes, systems and technology. The purpose of the working group is to develop a pragmatic solution and approach for taxpayers to develop such a documentation of their invoicing and archiving processes baring in mind the different electronic invoicing and archiving solutions that could be used by businesses.”

Additionally the proposal states that prior acceptance before sending an e-invoice is being abolished as is the list of technologies that can be used for e-invoicing. Even the right for Member Countries to set specific requirements will be abolished.

Network effects – denying the BSP’s achievements

The E-invoicing Expert Group also states that to achieve network effects encouragement should be given to the development of a network model which creates interoperability, a choice of services, and wide reach. The E-invoicing Expert Group then states:

”Today’s service providers often operate in ‘silos’ or so-called three-corner models, although various connectivity initiatives are being pursued and some four-corner models exist. But more is required, as without a more interoperable environment SMEs will have to make an exponentially growing number of connections to their trading partners; this is unsustainable.”

Now, this is quite interesting. First of all because at this point the consolidators have created the current achievement in e-invoicing. This can not easily be dismissed. But then again, it is easier to set something apart from the other when the other has already realised achievements. From that point of view the statements in the interim report can be interpreted as a compliment.

From that perspective the phrase “although [..] some four-corner models exist” could be interpreted in such a way that the four corner (banking) model could be better suited for mass adoption across Europe than the BSP’s consolidator model. But then again what proof is there for this statement at a European level at this very moment? Even compared to the achievements by the BSP’s?

So what will the EEI Framework be like?
The Expert Group made the following recommendations for the content of the European

e-Invoicing Framework are proposed:

–          The Framework will primarily be a set of actionable recommendations and proposals, for which the support of others will be sought.

–          It will be organised as a series of five layers or pillars that need to be addressed and which all
interrelate on a coherent basis.

–          It will not itself be a Scheme or contractual framework for others to formally adhere to

–          It will include the elements identified and set out below:

– Definition and scope of the e-Invoicing Framework
– An overall conceptual structure or vision
– Business requirements for all market segments
– Standards recommendation
– The (even better: a) proposed network model, including the proposal for a framework for
interoperability.
– Legal and regulatory proposals
– Recommendations for a communications plan.
– Set out a Road-map for implementation
– Glossary of terms
– Others to be defined

In the eye of the beholder it has quite some similarities with way the (mobile) telecommunications sector was liberalised. For more detailed information, look at the report below.

Communicating e-invoicing

Most of the things said above were based on the executive summary of the interim report. But that does not necessarily mean that this executive contains all the essential aspects of the report.

A closer look a t the report at page 30 a communications ‘annex’ is presented. Whereas phrasing on the E-invoicing Framework is quite liberal and wide, this annex is firm and almost imperative! For instance:

”Indeed it can be argued that one of the most important – if not the main – factors currently holding back the development of e-Invoicing is a lack of awareness, communication and dissemination of convincing information to market participants, so as to create the level of confidence required to go ahead and implement”

And

Thus there is an evident need for a major effort in making clear to potential users, service providers, regulatory bodies, government agencies and other stakeholders what (and often how

surprisingly little) needs to be done and what (and often how surprisingly large) the gains will be.”

And also

“Communication initiatives should not be a one-off exercises but should be part of a regular plan and process to communicate regularly, both periodically (e.g. quarterly newsletter) and event driven (e.g. when a new report is published, when major administrations commit to e-Invoicing, upon significant success stories from industry etc.).”

Why this is neither part of the core of the interim report nor in the executive remains a mystery. But what is clear is that communication is of the essence.

The EEI Platform is very much willing to support this recommendation of all recommendations with:

– a comprehensive activity plan
– social networks
– weblog
– forum
– innovation guideline
– interaction framework
– a common body of definitions.

Read the Mid-Term Report below:

Intelligent PDF: removing barriers?

Last week, Adobe presented its intelligent PDF eInvoicing solution in a white paper. Adobe proposes an end-to-end approach in which the e-invoice is interpretable by both humans and computer systems. The Adobe approach is based on the eInvoicing processes as described by the CEN/ISSS Workshop on Compliance of e-Invoices and is expected to be compliant with EU and respective national VAT regulations.

The importance of the CEN/ISSS Workshop deliverables
The Adobe whitepaper shows once again the importance of the deliverables of the CEN/ISSS Workshop deliverables. At this point the Workshop is in its second phase, having delivered at least one groundbreaking deliverable: the Draft Good Practice Guidelines. These guidelines are available here, here and soon on www.cenfiscalesguidelines.com 
Some groups with other interests on e-invoicing do not quite agree with these Guidelines. But we arguably can not ignore the fact that this is a serious attempt to remove one of the major barriers on e-invoicing: uncertainty on e-invoicing.

Intelligent PDF: removing barriers?
The intelligent PDF approach presented by Adobe could also serve as a mean to remove a barrier to e-invoicing: adoption in a B2B environment.

E-invoicing is acknowledged to be an unstoppable innovation across and outside Europe. Taking a leap in the future, full scale e-invoicing would mean that the vast majority of organisation is not only sending e-invoices, but also –and this very important– receiving e-invoicing.

One of the results from a major survey conducted by e-business watch showed that most of the companies prefer to receive e-invoices per e-mail in PDF. This is not the answer that some of the BSP would like to hear. But it clearly shows that receivers are in need of control over the inbound e-invoice.

The intelligent PDF approach of Adobe does just that. It combines the humanly interpretable PDF with a for computer systems readable XML format. So now we can receive and read the PDF invoice and having established the perception of control over the e-invoice, we can now extract and import the XML data into our financial software.

This enables e-invoicing between business partners regardless of size, sector, business processes and accounting software. If in fact the intelligent PDF approach guarantees compliance with the respective national VAT legislation, it would also be usable in cross border e-invoicing.

Intelligence in authenticity and integrity?
Interestingly enough, the Adobe intelligent PDF whitepaper mentions the possibility to sign the PDF document. So the PDF document is the format that is being used for formal validation. The invoice’s XML data can be submitted for material validation against external documentation such as supplier contracts. E-invoices archived in PDF/A guarantee the fidelity of the invoice, while the use of XML ensures that invoice data can be transformed to any format required by auditing software.

Maybe it is also interesting to use the XML data for formal validation. This would implicate that not only the PDF document is signed, but also the XML file, for instance with XADES or XMLDSIG. Then, the XML feed can also be used for formal validation even when archived. Additionally it would be very interesting for SME’s to use the PDF document for material validation.

So, the Adobe intelligent PDF is more intelligent compared to the plain old PDF docyument. We can expect it to have an impact on removing the barrier of awareness, including the aspect of adoption by have the perception of being in control. And maybe the approach can be made even more intelligent by incorporating XML signing. This would be very interesting because then it would not matter which document is being used for formal validation: PDF or XML, or both. Creating ease of use (which will be explained in the next Featured Article).

Read the Adobe white paper here:

Draft Good Practice Guidelines: how to comply with e-invoicing regulations?

October 16, 2008  |  Featured Articles

Late June 2008 the CEN/ISSS eInvoice Phase II Workshop unveiled the Draft Good Practice Guidelines. The objective of this document is to reduce some of the principal areas of uncertainty and resulting inefficiencies on the e-invoicing market with one single set of good practice. These guidelines should be applicable to both businesses and tax administrations across Europe.

CEN and eInvoicing
CEN is acronym for: COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION and has a focus on standardisation aspects. CEN carries out numerous standardisation efforts, one of which is the CEN/ISSS initiative. CEN/ISSS is the name given to CEN’s ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector activities. It provides market players with a comprehensive and integrated range of standardisation services and products, in order to contribute to the success of the Information Society in Europe. CEN/ISSS works through CEN Focus Groups, Technical Committees and Workshops.

The CEN/ISSS eInvoicing Phase II Workshop
The CEN/ISSS Workshop Phase II has assumed the overall responsibility, as far as CEN is concerned, for the standards aspects of the European Commission’s expert group on electronic invoicing, complementing and linking with the relevant Commission groups, and ensuring the relevant global standards activities are correctly informed and primed.  In this activity, it aims to ensure collaboration with other CEN/ISSS groups, including WS/ePPE and WS/eBES, with UN/CEFACT (TBGs1 and 5), ISO TC 68 and ETSI/TC ESI.

The eInvoicing Phase II Workshop objectives
The objective of this particular Workshop is to help to fill gaps in standardization for the use of electronic invoice processes, to identify the various practices in member states, to integrate the emerging technical and practical solutions into effective good practices, and to define and disseminate these good practices for e-invoices in close coordination and cooperation with private industry, solution providers and public administrations.
 

Five initial projects
Five initial Task Groups (TG’s) have been established with a focus on:

–          Enhanced adoption of electronic invoicing in business processes in Europe;

–          Compliance of electronic invoice implementations with Council Directive 2001/115/EC and Directive on the Common
   System of Value Added Tax (2006/112/EC) as well as Member States’ national legislation as regards electronic
   invoicing

–          Cost-effective authentication and integrity of electronic invoices regardless of formats and technologies

–          Effective implementation of compliant electronic invoice systems in using emerging technologies and business
   processes and

–          Emerging network infrastructure of invoice operators throughout Europe.

  

TG2 and TG3: The Draft Good Practice Guidelines

TG 2 (compliance of electronic invoice implementations) and TG 3 (cost effective authentication and integrity) decided to cooperate and created the Draft Good Practice Guidelines. The Draft Good Practice Guidelines identify two major obstacles when it comes to the regulatory aspects of e-invoicing adoption.

First, “businesses that implement electronic invoicing are often faced with thousands of technical and process implementation options along the way. In the absence of implementation-relevant rules emanating from tax administrations or standards bodies, the uncertainty surrounding these many choices creates a significant barrier to investment in electronic invoicing. As a result, for those vendors and users that choose to invest nevertheless, it is hard to make any value judgment as to how “compliant” their services and solutions are. Corporate e-invoicing users, Service Providers and solution vendors that are taking steps to develop and maintain VAT-compliant services naturally have a desire to have to a concrete yardstick against which to measure and with which to demonstrate their compliance.”

 

Second, nowadays “most tax administrations do not provide accreditation services or self-assessment programmes to assist e-invoicing users or their Service Providers to ascertain that e-invoicing systems are VAT-compliant. Tax administrations’ audit methodologies and tools are often developed based on the experiences of law enforcement and not widely propagated to businesses as compliance checklists.”

 

How it works

As stated above, the Draft Good Practice Guidelines seek to reduce some of the principal areas of uncertainty and resulting inefficiencies on the e-invoicing market with one single set of good practice Guidelines for both businesses and tax administrations.

It consists of two documents: one word document and one Excel sheet.

The Word document provides context to the Excel document and tries to explain how one should use the Excel. The Excel sheet identifies the main issues in question at each processing step during the life cycle of an electronic invoice for different invoicing methods (direct invoicing from Supplier to Buyer as well as Self-Billing) and provides detailed process guidance for a variety of implementation options including web publication, the use of various integrity and authenticity-enhancing methods and the retention of electronic invoices.

 

The Excel sheet takes into account:

–          who directs the e-invoicing process

–          whether an intermediate party is involved

–          the possibility of a self billing variant

 

–          the method being used to guarantee authenticity and integrity: EDI, digital signatures, other instruments

–          the predefined (business) process steps necessary to perform e-invoicing

Based on your choices in these variables, the Excel sheet should be able to present you:

–          the inherent tax risks that your organisation poses when initiating e-invoicing based on the choices made.

–          the tax requirements necessary or even obligatory needed to address the risks

–          the controls or solutions that should be in place to ensure the risks are avoided


Concluding remarks
The Draft Good Practice Guidelines are very promising, as they are intended to rule out uncertainty on e-invoicing form a legal/VAT/compliance perspective.
But there are some downsides to this version of the Draft Good Practice Guidelines.

Hence the only two percepted barriers to full scale adoption of e-invoicing: standardisation and awareness, would remain.

First of all the Excel sheet does not, or at least not very easily, provide the results needed for an organisation get a sense of safety. It might be a good idea to create a database version that is much more accessible.

 

Second, this Draft Good Practice Guideline is still a concept. Or as the Word document states: “These Guidelines and Commentary are a work in progress and out for review. While every effort has been made to ensure consistency with legal requirements that apply to e-invoicing in the European Union, no guarantees of legal compliance or fitness for purpose are made by the drafters or CEN; any use of these documents is at the user’s own risk”.

 

Download the Draft Good Practice Guidelines (Word)
Download the Draft Good Practice Guidelines (Excel)

 

CEN eInvoice Gateway and the Country Information Managers

September 27, 2008  |  Featured Articles

After the completion of the first CEN/ISSS eInvoicing Workshop in 2006, a second phase of activities was launched at the kick-off meeting on 7 May 2007.

CEN/ISSS
CEN/ISSS published in 2003 – upon request of the European Commission – a report on the standardization aspects of the VAT Directive (“the eInvoicing Focus Group”), and, the Commission subsequently issued standardization mandate M/339 “in support of interoperability of electronic invoicing in the Community”. In support of the recommendations of the Focus Group, a CEN/ISSS Workshop was created.

CEN Workshop Agreements
This first established a work programme in response to the first phase of the mandate, then in a second phase developed consensus documents for publication as CEN Workshop Agreements. The published CWAs are available at: www.cenorm.be/isss and at: http://www.e-invoice-gateway.net/knowledgebase/

CEN/ISSS eInvoice Phase II
The general objective of Phase II is to stimulate further standardisation in the domain of electronic invoicing accross Europe. The aim is to support the following processes:

–   the compliance of electronic invoice implementations to Council Directive 2001/115/EC and the national
legislation with regard to e-invoicing;

–   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.

You will find more information about the CEN ws on e-invoicing here:
http://www.cen.eu/CENORM/BusinessDomains/BusinessDomains/isss/activity/einvoicing_2.asp

CEN ISSS eInvoice Gateway
Phase II of the eInvoice workshop has been broken down into five seperate projects. One of these projects, called ‘enhanced adoption of electronic invoicing in business processes in Europe’ has led to the CEN/ISSS eInvoice Gateway.

The aim of the eInvoice Gateway is to identify the most appropriate national legal practices in the relevant fields of e-business, in order to contribute to the simplification and improvement of the administrative and regulatory framework for enterprises in e-business in the field of accounting.

eInvoice Gateway and the Country Information Managers (CIM’s)
Apart from standard functions on the eInvoice Gateway, such as calendar and documents related to the CEN/ISSS eInvoice Phase II Workshop (CWA’s), the focal lies at the Country Information Managers.

Country Information Managers, in short: CIM’s, are persons with a leading position in the area of e-invoicing in a specific country in Europe. The CIM’s should ensure that it is possible for native speakers of a country to transfer knowledge and share information for that specific country. Therefore promoting the participation of country representatives to the objective of the eInvoice Gateway, the CEN eInvoice Workshop and off course e-invoicing in general.

Each Member State of the European Union has the opportunity to deliver a CIM. The tasks of the CIM are:

–   identifying activities/companies/organizations in the field of e-invoicing in the own country and
informing these parties about this European-wide non-commercial activity;

–   informing about the platform’s mission (native speakers for requests of the respective country) in case
someone wants more information about this CEN activity

–   mentorship (in terms of usability engineering aspects and continuous improvement process aspects).

The number of working days per year needed to carry out a CIM’s tasks is very limited due to the fact that the platform offers easy-to-handle self-enlisting functionalities and easy-to-use search options. The CIM’s role therefore is only to act as a mentor for their own country.

 

eInvoicing: VAT – Review of existing legislation on invoicing

September 1, 2008  |  Featured Articles

The European Commission has launched an online consultation to ascertain the views of businesses on the review of the existing legislation on VAT invoicing. In particular, it focuses on matters in relation to VAT and eInvoicing. Interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 19 September 2008 at the latest.

The consultation is based on an Invoicing Study to be produced for the Commission. The Commission hopes to receive contributions concerning a selection of the recommendations contained in the Invoicing Study and other recommendations businesses may have. More information is contained in the consultation paper.

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 19 September 2008 at the latest. Comments may be sent alternatively by:

  • Regular post, to the European Commission, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, VAT and other turnover taxes, Rue Montoyer 59, office 5/96, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
  • Fax, to +32-2-299-36-48;
  • Email, to taxud-d1-invoicing@ec.europa.eu.

The Commission will publish a report summarising the outcome of this consultation as soon as possible after the end of the feedback period. If, for any reason, those contributing wish their comments to remain confidential, they are invited to state it. Otherwise, the European Commission will assume that the contributors have no objection to the subsequent publication of their comments on the European Commission website.