European Commission Expert Group on e-Invoicing

The Expert Group on e-Invoicing was set up by Commission Decision 2007/717/EC of 31 October 2007. The group was mandated to propose a European e-Invoicing Framework supporting the provision of e-Invoicing services in an open and interoperable manner across Europe.

The group chaired by Bo Harald gathered 30 experts from a broad set of nationalities and stakeholders, such as business associations, service providers, standardisation bodies and the public sector. The group had 13 meetings between 26 February 2008 and 13 November 2009.

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Final report of the European Commission Expert Group on E-Invoicing

The final report of the European Commision Expert Group on e-Invoicingwas open to consultation until 26 February 2010. A total of 51 % of the replies agreed with the report’s main messages, recommendations and conclusions; 23 % of the replies disagreed and 26 % have no opinion. Respondents reconfirmed that VAT is the main legal barrier to the uptake of electronic invoicing.

Open for discussion: final report of the European Commission Expert Group on E-Invoicing

The report defines a list of business requirements which represent necessary conditions for achieving mass adoption of e-Invoicing, in particular the widespread use of e-Invoicing by SMEs. These requirements are validated against current market reality, resulting in a number of identified gaps or areas for improvement identified in the report. A set .of recommendations addressing these gaps constitutes the proposed European e-Invoicing Framework