Launch of National eInvoice Forum for CEN

A National eInvoicing Forum has been established following the Final Report of the Expert Group on eInvoicing.

The following are the key extracts from the COMMISSION DECISION of 2 December 2010 titled 'setting up the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (e-invoicing)':

(3) Due to the close link between invoicing and payment processes, the creation of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) offers a launch pad for interoperable European e-invoicing schemes. Those schemes can benefit to enterprises and financial service providers through improved efficiency and automation of supply chains.

(5).....the establishment of a European multi-stakeholder forum to assist the Commission in coordinating actions at Member States level and identifying measures at Union level to facilitate the mass adoption of e-invoicing.

(7) The group's main task will be to monitor the uptake of e-invoicing and to help to develop the einvoicing market across the Member States. It should liaise with national multi-stakeholder fora and pay particular attention to cross border aspects of e-invoicing and the uptake of e-invoicing by small and medium-sized enterprises.

(8) The European multi-stakeholder e-invoicing forum should be composed of members from national fora and representatives of European associations from the users' community, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

The Forum's task shall be:
a) to assist the Commission in the monitoring of the development of the e-invoicing market and the e-invoicing adoption level in industry and services sectors across the Member States
b) to bring about an exchange of experience and good practice that facilitates the emergence of inter-operable e-invoicing solutions
c) to point out problems encountered in particular as regards cross-border transactions and propose appropriate solutions
d) to support and monitor work leading to the adoption of a e-invoice standard data model.

Further information on the group is available at: http://www.e-invoice-gateway.net