RFI: Current and future status of e-signatures, validation, addressing books

April 6, 2011  |  Electronic Invoicing

This week we posted an item on Finextra about the market penetration of e-invoicing in Europe. This  item was based on the report of Bruno Koch from Billentis. The item led to some questions on the use of e-signatures when e-invoicing. And we hope you have the answers.

Antti Larvala asked us these questions:

  1. Future status on and need for e-signatures?
    “As the e-invoice is one of the hot topics for EU, I would like to know how e-signatures will be used in the future, especially when it comes to revision of e-signature by EU Commission.
    As there are several ways even to understand what is an e-signature and when it is used when talking about e-invoices.

    I would like to know what is the current status and future model and is there a need for e-signatures.”

  2. What type of e-signature is needed when validating e-invoices?
    Most of the people understand that an e-signature comes in handy when validating the actual invoice. But as there are some countries where validation takes place in the online bank, where as some countries it takes place when agreeing to pay when email has arrived to e-mail.
  3. Single or multiple address books?
    When for example a customer from France wants to receive in the future all invoices as e-invoice from company from Denmark. How he can inform that company with 100 % validation what his e-invoice address is and that he would like to receive in the future all his e-invoices to this place.

    Will there be one consolidation centre provided by EU, several players or organization like SWIFT. Or will there be companies who figure them out who each invoice will be send to their customers online?

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