Public Policy and Compliance

The Public Policy and Compliance Working Group, focusing on engagement with decision-makers on significant policy issues that impact e-invoicing and related areas, as well as how our community deals with invoice compliance.

EESPA actively contributes to EU policy development, advocating these core positions:

  1. EESPA supports concerted action by all European stakeholders to promote the benefits and ease of adoption of e-invoicing for both the public and private sector.
  2. The EU should continue to promote greater uniformity and legal clarity in e-invoicing and e-archiving laws and regulations, which should be unambiguous, harmonised and practical to implement. There is a growing trend towards the imposition of additional requirements, typically for real-time reporting of invoices to the tax authorities at Member State level, which is creating new elements of fragmentation.
  3. The new EU core invoice standard (EN) is an important enabling initiative but needs a strong focus on implementation, to ensure its success.
  4. Europe should look outwards and evaluate e-invoicing policy models in other continents for its own use, suitably tailored towards the European Single Market and Digital Agenda.
  5. Policies related to e-procurement and e-invoicing should be solution neutral and recognise the trend towards ‘cloud’ based service and outsourcing models.
  6. EESPA is pleased to participate in a range of legal, policy and implementation-related initiatives.