Germany takes first steps in B2G e-invoicing rollout

Germany takes first steps in B2G e-invoicing rollout


The Federal Ministry of the Interior has begun migration to e-invoicing by approving a bill designed to transpose into national law the European directive that requires the use of such documents in relations with the Public Sector as of 2018.

On July 13, the Germany’s Federal Cabinet approved a bill on e-invoicing in public administration procurement contracts. The standard promoted by the BMI (Bundesministerium des Innern) will allow the transposition of Directive 2014/55 / EU to the German national legislation, in compliance with the EU requirement to adopt e-invoicing in relations with public administration by the November 2018 deadline.

With this initiative, the German Government creates a legislative basis to regulate e-invoicing reception and processing for all federal public entities. The draft bill stipulates that both “Länder” and “Kommunalstellen” (municipal bodies) will be able to develop their own e-invoicing standards, although they are expected to adapt to the national regulation in order to encourage interoperability between public administration departments and simplify the switchover for suppliers.

The BMI must address the technical standard to detail the operational aspects of e-invoicing, a task in which several agencies and commissions created especially for this task are already immersed. In addition, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is to publish the European standard for B2G e-invoicing, based on a model of semantic interoperability that will detail the minimum information to be contained in any e-invoice addressed to a European administration.

An irreversible trend

Implementation of e-invoicing in B2G (Business to Government) relations affects all European Union member states, so Germany is not an isolated case. Some countries like Spain, Portugal and Italy have already developed systems that require the use of these technologies in relations with public sector suppliers. Another country ahead of the pack in this area is France, where the public administration e-invoicing project is starting up in 2017. In these cases, the systems already up and running will need to adopt the semantic interoperability standards developed by the CEN.

The Permanent Observatory on e-Invoicing, a working group set up by EDICOM, permanently analyses the progress and breakthroughs in this area across Europe. This ongoing analysis means that EDICOM’s International e-Invoicing Platform is constantly updated and ready to provide service in any country in the world.

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