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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France introduces “choc de simplification” to cut down on red tape for SME’s

September 6, 2013  |  Digitalisation, Europe  |  Comments Off

According to the European Commission, a 25 percent reduction in administrative costs for businesses could see the country’s GDP rise by 0.8 percent in the short term and 1.4 percent in the long term. This should have help the French finance Minister Pierre Moscovici when he announced announced a series of measures that are aimedto simplify live for SME's.
One of the measures is to “facilitate relationships between business and government” by the development of online billing and high security systems for online payments.

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Saint-Gobain enhances Accounts Payable Operations with Palette

August 27, 2013  |  Europe, Invoice Automation  |  Comments Off

Gobain decided tot enhance its accounts payable operation. The solution was supplied and configured by Palette's partner, Simac Document Solutions, a leading integrator and service provider in Benelux. With five independent divisions and 1700 employees working across 56 outlets throughout the Netherlands, Saint-Gobain wanted a solution that could streamline accounts payable processes across the group, and simplify workflow for staff while giving complete visibility and auditability of its financial position.
PaletteInvoice integrates with Saint-Gobain’s ERP system to provide an up-to-date view of the company’s active invoices and open purchase orders resulting in more efficient financial analysis and oversight.

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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.


France transposes EU electronic invoicing directive into national law

August 13, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Legal  |  1 Comment

Directive 2010/45/EU pursues the objectives of its predecessors: to harmonize, simplify and streamline electronic billing processes, maintaining the possibility of electronic submission as long as the authenticity of origin and content integrity are guaranteed.
Publication of Decree 2013-350 of 25th April 2013 culminates the transposition of Directive 2010/45/EU on electronic invoicing to French legislation, substantially modifying the content of certain articles and annexes of the General Tax Code (CGI).
The new policy proposes new measures for senders and receivers of electronic invoices, such as the use of advanced electronic signature systems using secure devices with recognized certificates. In this post we take a closer look at these modifications and how they might affect senders and receivers of this type of documents.

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e-Docs appointed Palette Gold Partner for its Purchase-to-Pay Automation Solutions

July 12, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Invoice Automation  |  Comments Off

To further extend its UK market presence, e-Docs UK will integrate the PaletteArena and Palette Online suites into its range of purchase-to-pay (P2P) automation and management solutions, enabling customers and clients to achieve significant cost-savings and efficiency gains. Lucy Beck, Sales Director for Palette in the UK said: “e-Docs UK is one of the UK's most experienced and innovative providers of P2P solutions and I am delighted to welcome them on board as a partner. This partnership will extend the delivery of Palette’s innovative solutions to a wider range of companies and help build our presence in the UK market."

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How Manufacturers Can Support e-Invoicing in Europe, Brazil and Mexico

July 10, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Latin America  |  Comments Off

This presentation is a shorter executive level version of a webinar that was recorded in May 2013. It provides some insights into some of the challenges faced by manufacturers who need to embrace the various e-invoicing regulations in different countries around the world.
The key focus regions are EMEA, Brazil and Mexico where eInvoicing regulations are starting to impact businesses in these regions. Please don’t forget to view the full length webinar which you can find here in the resources area of our website.

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Spanish government revives 5 initiatives to encourage e-invoicing adoption

Spanish government revives 5 initiatives to encourage e-invoicing adoption

July 9, 2013  |  Adoption, E-procurement, Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Government  |  Comments Off

Within a few days the Spanish government will approve a draft bill on Electronic Invoicing and creation of the Accounting Record. Prior to publication of this draft bill, two of its principal guidelines have already been announced: (1) Mandatory use of electronic billing as of January 15, 2015 in invoices for sums over € 5.000 and (2) obligatory use of e-invoicing in “companies providing services of special financial importance”.
Interestingly, the new bill also revives 5 e-invoicing initiatives that originated from back in 2007. For instance: the general standards whereby bills in electronic format are to be accepted by the General State Administration and its dependent public bodies. But also the described the format in which these invoices should be issued (and under the name Facturae, laid down syntax and processing rules). And a central pickup point for invoices.

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European level e-invoicing - only a distant dream? [Background article]

July 9, 2013  |  Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Featured Articles  |  Comments Off

Today, most e-invoicing “ecosystems” and standards are local - either country based, service provider based, invoice sender/receiver based or de facto “standard” email- based. There has also been a lot of discussion around international/EU wide standardization, but not that much is happening in real life.
So, what is hindering the EU from just doing it? Itella Information strongly believes that European level e-invoicing doesn’t have to be a distant dream, however, in practical terms there are a few things that have to be in order to really make it happen: legislation, business model, interoperability, and last and perhaps actually the least challenging - technical standards. Listen to their story:

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