On 26 July, 2012, the Swedish Government announced a new regulation as part of their eGovernment strategy, requiring all state agencies with more than 50 employees to order their goods and services electronically by 2013. Standardisation is a critical factor for the government to realise the savings, estimated at 3.2 billion Swedish Krona (approximately 380 million euro) over the next nine years.
The PEPPOL vision is to make it easy for suppliers to deal electronically with their public sector customers throughout Europe. In an interview with PEPPOL.EU, a multinational supplier selling both to public and private sector customers sheds light on the market issues suppliers face when adopting eInvoicing and how PEPPOL can address some of their challenges.
As the initial PEPPOL project winds down and the OpenPEPPOL association is being established as a market driven initiative, André Hoddevik – PEPPOL Director and the Secretary General of the OpenPEPPOL association under establishment - provides some insight into what PEPPOL has achieved and its relevance to the eProcurement landscape in Europe.
A major delegation from various Russian agencies, commissions and companies attended the 7th PEPPOL conference in Rome earlier this year. The Russian participants expressed a strong interest in further co-operation with PEPPOL.
By January 1, 2013, the new VAT Directive regarding the rules on invoicing which enforces equal treatment between paper and electronic invoices, will come into force in all Member States. By this time, all Austrian federal services will be able to receive eInvoices and from January 1st, 2014, all Austrian suppliers (and foreign suppliers that have the technical means) of the Austrian Federal Government are obliged to use eInvoices according to the Austrian ICT consolidation law (IKTKonG). The use of the PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) Transport Infrastructure for sending eInvoices, based on PEPPOL specifications is an accepted method of eInvoicing in Austria.
Itella Creating eProcurement Infrastructure in Europe and Business Opportunities for Community Users
Itella Information, a contributor to PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online), has announced several customer implementations that have already been taken into production in Scandinavia and aims to create more challenging infrastructural opportunities within the eProcurement community.
The OpenPEPPOL Association has been set up to take responsibilities for the maintenance of the PEPPOL specifications and promote implementation across Europe. Membership is now open to a wide range of organisations.
The 5th LSP Roadshow event took place at the Vienna City Hall (Rathaus) from June 4th to 6th, 2012, within the scope of the event Major Cities of Europe.
Telecom Italia, a service provider that has major contracts with Italian Public Administrations, has used the Consip eProcurement platform to receive purchase orders for several years. The amount of business Telecom Italia currently manages on the Consip eProcurement platform peaks at more than 200 orders per day.
An increasing number of PEPPOL pilot scenarios have been completed by a variety of Italian public and private organisations, fostering adoption of the next generation of interoperable eProcurement solutions.
Key project achievements and establishment of OpenPEPPOL to further long-term adoption of the next generation of interoperable eProcurement solutions.
eProcurement can save €50 billion a year
The untapped potential
The PEPPOL project has recently released a new version of the European VCD System (EVS). The EVS have been in pilot production use since late 2010 and the new version includes new features and a new look-and-feel. The Austrian PEPPOL partner PEPPOL.AT is responsible for EVS.
Through an on-line order issued on the Italian Electronic Marketplace for Public Administrations (MEPA), the Province of Rome has made the first electronic purchase based on a PEPPOL compliant eCatalogue.
Basware, a European provider of eInvoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions, has successfully implemented the PEPPOL eInvoicing specifications across all of its solutions. Staples Finland, a Basware customer, has become one of the first companies to start using PEPPOL-compliant eInvoices.
Scotland’s highly regarded public sector eCommerce service aligns with PEPPOL. Facilitated by Amor Group, Scotland’s largest business technology solutions company (www.amorgroup.com), a PEPPOL eOrdering solution is under development.
With growing demand from the IT industry to connect to the PEPPOL network, more and more service providers are deciding to set up Access Points. To address these needs, PEPPOL has published the guidelines for Access Point providers, covering legal, organisational and technical aspects.
The Norwegian community has reached another milestone in enhancing PEPPOL technology developments. SendRegning has taken the sample code of a PEPPOL Access Point and modified it to make it easier for anyone to use.
The Norwegian broadcasting corporation (NRK) is getting ready to exchange cross-border eInvoices using the PEPPOL transport infrastructure and has already tested it with national suppliers.