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Poland announces PEPPOL as the pillar of their national e-Invoicing strategy

by Carmen Ciciriello created on Sep 30, 2013 12:50 PM
On September 23rd, 2013, at the opening of the OpenPEPPOL panel discussion during the EXPP Summit in Warsaw, Sebastian Christow, Director of Electronic Economy, Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy, announced the connection to the OpenPEPPOL network as a cornerstone of the Polish national e-Invoicing implementation strategy.

“The PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine) electronic document specifications, network and the legal framework developed and widely used to address interoperability in electronic public procurement in Europe can indeed be considered as the ‘de facto’ standard* in this area.” – stated Sebastian Christow. The adoption of PEPPOL e-Invoice specifications and architecture in the post-award phase will stand as one of the national e-Invoicing strategy pillars, ensuring the Polish e-Invoicing framework is compliant with an internationally accepted standard.

The draft Directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement**, recognises that the multiplicity of non-interoperable standards results in excessive complexity, legal uncertainty and additional operating costs for economic operators using e-Invoicing across Member States. The scope of the Directive which applies to electronic invoices received by contracting authorities, issued as a result of the performance of public contracts, stresses the key role of the public sector in ensuring interoperability and standardisation.

When asked the reason why Poland chose PEPPOL as the way forward, Mr Christow replied: “Competitiveness of our companies is a national priority and we believe that OpenPEPPOL is the natural choice for ensuring European digital integration, starting from e-Invoicing and then moving towards end-to-end e-Procurement. Leveraging on the extensive experience of countries like Norway, which are successfully increasing efficiencies and transaction volumes, proves that we have made the right decision and not re-invented yet another standard.”

After Norway, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland and other countries which are currently implementing the specifications, Poland is the latest Member State to announce the adoption of PEPPOL for e-Invoicing. In particular, the Polish Ministry of Economy will become the PEPPOL (post-award) Authority with the role to oversee the governance of the network and the implementation of the PEPPOL-based solutions at the national level.

“We are pleased to have a large Eastern European country joining our community and making the effort to achieve standardisation in electronic public procurement. We will support Poland to get onboard and enjoy the benefits of European integration” - stated OpenPEPPOL representatives in Warsaw.

The main goal of the OpenPEPPOL community is to continue spreading adoption of eProcurement amongst European governments, promoting simplification through implementation of the PEPPOL specifications and by connecting previously isolated islands of e-Procurement to form the PEPPOL network.

After only one year of operation, the OpenPEPPOL Association counts almost 80 member organisations from the private and public sector across 17 countries, with over 60 Access Point providers available to connect suppliers and contracting authorities to the open network where standards-based documents are exchanged.


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* OpenPEPPOL offers a set of Business Interoperability Specifications, PEPPOL BIS, based on work done in CEN and international standardisation bodies. In addition OpenPEPPOL offers standards based addressing, transport and security measures to ensure secure and reliable business document exchange.

** Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic invoicing in public procurement – COM(2013) 449 final.

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