European e-Procurement: Public administrations must be able to accept e-Invoices from April 18, 2019
In less than six months, from April 18, 2019, all European public administrations must be able to accept invoices in electronic format from their suppliers. For years, Europe has been committed to a technological leap enabled by e-Procurement, in other words, electronic management of the entire business process between the public sector and its suppliers.
To this end, Directive 2014/55/EU lays the foundations of a standardized model with common formats so that any supplier in any country can work with any European public administration and, in this way, contribute to the development of cross-border trade. The two syntaxes used by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) are as follows:
- UNO/CEFACT XML message as specified in the XML 16B schemas (SCRDM — CII).
- UBL messages for invoices and credit notes as defined in the ISO/IEC 19845:2015 standard.
Thanks to the definition of open standards, companies can negotiate electronically with any buyer in the European public sector and carry out procurement processes. This way, the possibilities for procurement, and therefore doing business, are greater.
Although EDI has been widely implemented in European businesses for years now, the challenge for the immediate future is about achieving interoperability among countries, as each region has its own technical specifications and formats.
With the aim of promoting interoperability, the European network PEPPOL was devised and developed based on an infrastructure between certified access points and applicable both in the public and private spheres and worldwide. In addition, PEPPOL proposes the use of UBL standards for data exchange.
Accreditation as a PEPPOL Access Point or authorized third party allows Edicom to link up with the PEPPOL platform, through which private companies and governments in Europe can exchange any kind of e-documents. In addition, Edicom holds SMP (Service Metadata Publisher) certification, allowing it to manage its own identifier infrastructure in the PEPPOL network connected to the SML (Service Metadata Locator).