e-Invoicing is a reality, thanks to European Standards! 

Today, Wednesday 17 April, is a big e-day: e-Invoicing has officially entered into force, as foreseen by Directive 2014/55/EU on ‘Electronic Invoicing in public procurement’. From now on, European public administrations should be able to process e-Invoices in a harmonised way.

CEN has played a fundamental role in making a harmonised e-Invoicing method a reality: through CEN/TC 434 ‘Electronic e-Invoicing’ it developed European Standard EN 16931-1:2017 ‘Electronic Invoicing - Semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice’ and Technical Specification TS 16931-2:2017 - Electronic invoicing - Part 2: ‘List of syntaxes that comply with EN 16931-1’, ensuring the implementation of the Directive. The two deliverables enable cross-border, cross sector and domestic trade in Europe by ensuring interoperability for the electronic invoicing in public procurement. 

These two publications ensure the Directive’s implementation by offering guidance to the users with regard to the essential elements that an electronic invoice shall consider in order to comply with the relevant legal provisions.

CEN and the European Commission decided to follow an exceptional procedure to make the two deliverables directly available for download to eInvoicing professionals: users, stakeholders and other implementers have been able to access the two specific deliverables through the CEN member National Standardization Bodies in the months leading up to the implementation of the Directive.

For more information, you can read the dedicated Brief News written on the occasion of the signature.

With the e-Invoicing standards, CEN has demonstrated the role of European for the the digitalisation of the European economy, thus contributing to a strong and efficient Digital Single Market for the benefit of all.

You can find more information on e-Invoicing on the European Commission’s dedicated webpage.

For more information, please contact Constant Kohler.