Germany prepares for PEPPOL adoption in e-Procurement processes
PEPPOL in the EU is on the rise, as more countries adopt its infrastructure regarding electronic invoicing for e-Procurement processes, such as the NHS in the UK.
Following Directive 2014/55/EU, the German National IT Planning Council has decided to implement PEPPOL for e-Invoices exchanged with the public authorities in the country. The decision on timeline and specifications for using the PEPPOL eDelivery Network for federal, regional and local authorities is planned to be made in October 2018.
Also, the Coordination Office for IT Standards (KoSIT) has become German PEPPOL Authority, to expand the use of PEPPOL. KoSIT becomes the 10th PEPPOL Authority in the EU. However, the German format XRechnung will still be used in public procurement, as public authorities will still have to be able to receive and process invoices in this format.
As for national authorities, they can accept other formats next to XRechnung and also other ways of transport for e-Invoices besides PEPPOL.
As described on the PEPPOL website, the next steps will be to setup the German PEPPOL Authority and map the XRechnung CIUS into a German rule set in the PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0 CIUS. In preparation for the planned October decision on setting the timeline and conditions for using and joining the PEPPOL eDelivery Network, KoSIT will involve German stakeholders in the process.