Italy to launch CIUS-IT: the first CIUS based on e-invoice standard EN-16931 [UPDATE]

The danger of a CIUS (or CIUS-es) to the adoption of the new European e-invoicing EN-16931 has been discussed before here and here. But now there is a first chance  to discover whether this new CIUS-figure is indeed potentially disturbing the adoption of the new standard (even more so than the copyright issue).

Italy’s Agency for the Digitalisation of the Public Sector (AGID) is looking for comments on its implementation of the new e-invoice standard. The standard is a key component for Italy transposing the European e-invoicing directive.

Comments on the draft specification, known as the Italian Core Invoice Usage Specification (CIUS-IT), must be submitted no later than 30 September. For those interested in the specification, AGID can provide additional documentation on CIUS-IT, including an analysis of the benefits and the necessary technical and capital requirements.

CIUS-IT is the main outcome of the eIGOR (eInvoicing GO Regional) project, funded by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The project is also helping to update several of the eInvoicing systems in use in Italy, including the national invoice exchange, the system used by the Italian chambers of commerce, and the one used by the Emilia-Romagna region.

First conclusions

At a first glance when reading through the documents, it seems that you need a dual validation when you want to send an e-invoice to Italian public organisations. First there is the validation service of the core e-invoice elements in your e-invoice. Then the implementation of the additional elements required by the Italian government need to be validated. The document mentions that a validation is (or will be) in place.

It will be interesting to see which countries will also implement EN-16931 together with a CIUS and how it will differ from this and other CIUS-es.  And that raises an other question: does your financial software allow for country specific invoice templates based on UBL? Is it CIUS-ready?

UPDATE: Even more CIUS-es can be found here. So now you have a mandatory standard for B2G e-invoicing in Europe, with deviations at country level based on its CIUS. There is a mathematical formula that states that complexity is increased exponentially with each added new different item. This could become a big uh-oh for the successful adoption of e-invoicing in Europe.

More information:

Announcement by AGID (in Italian)
eInvoicing Directive 2014/55/EU
Connecting Europe Facility

More CIUS can be found here


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