Ireland becomes PEPPOL Authority

Ireland becomes PEPPOL Authority

31/01/2018

Ireland moves forward towards e-Invoicing compliance. As part of their e-Invoicing strategy, on 18 January 2018, the Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D. signed Ireland up as a PEPPOL Authority member of OpenPEPPOL which coordinates the PEPPOL eDelivery network for e-Procurement and e-Invoicing. The PEPPOL eDelivery network enables businesses to connect to any European public sector buyers.

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) will operate as PEPPOL Authority and is working to establish a National Framework Agreement with commercially available solutions to facilitate that Public Sector Bodies access the services needed to become compliant in time.

On Ireland officially becoming a PEPPOL Authority Member, Mr Paul Quinn, Government Chief Procurement Officer and CEO of the OGP noted: “Today’s membership agreement marks an important initial step for Ireland in becoming compliant with the European eInvoicing Directive and meeting the April 2019 deadline. The interoperability that the PEPPOL network delivers is key to the standards based, sector-led approach to eInvoicing being adopted by Ireland, providing a ‘Connect Once – Connect to All’ channel for suppliers, while respecting the diversity of the public and private sectors both here and throughout Europe.”

Many EU countries are promoting the use of the PEPPOL network within national scope, such as Denmark, Belgium, Italy, or the UK, which specifically mandates the use of PEPPOL and GS1 standards for its e-Procurement Strategy in the health sector.

Check out the new e-Invoicing and e-Vat features that will entry into force in the European Union in 2018.

Which advantages does the use of PEPPOL offer?

  • Being able to link up with any partner in the PEPPOL network: Interconnections and document exchanges are possible with any company or public body. In addition, data security is guaranteed.
  • Simplifying, speeding up and automating business processes: PEPPOL and EDI are an open door to automation. Commercial and administrative departments reduce their workload and can devote themselves to tasks that add value to the company.
  • Increased overall competitive edge of businesses. On one hand, companies that use PEPPOL can exchange data with partners from different countries without difficulty. On the other, the adoption of PEPPOL is only the beginning. Once businesses take the technological leap, they continue to advance towards other paperless processes.
  • Cutting economic costs: With the use of PEPPOL you no longer need to have different solutions to adapt to your business partners’ technological specifications, which means an economic saving.

EDICOM is PEPPOL Access Point in the European Union

Accreditation as a PEPPOL Access Point or authorized third party enables EDICOM to link up with the PEPPOL platform, through which private companies and governments in Europe can exchange any kind of e-documents. EDICOM was also granted an SMP certificate by the OpenPEPPOL Association to run its own SMP, so there is no need to work with outside connections or third parties to obtain information from registered users on the network. The server publishes the information to other access points so that they can have access to the specifications of their respective EndPoints. In this way, the service offered by EDICOM to operate in the network is an integral service that ensures efficient and complete operation from beginning to end of the process.

EDICOM manages its own global Public Administrations HUB that ensures connectivity with any public body, transparent to the user and adapted to the legal and fiscal requirements of each country.

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