"The European Commission has great plans for e-invoicing and as a major global practitioner, Tungsten Network wanted to help. However the EU needed a representative body for service providers and couldn’t easily digest the input of single private companies. So we worked with Charles Bryant to establish and create what is now EESPA. Within a year we had a representative organisation managed by its membership, with some 40 plus e-invoicing service providers and very quickly after that EESPA gained recognition from the EU Commission, for example by being invited into the stakeholder forum, and was allowed to constructively contribute to the programme. Today EESPA, with many more members, is steadily acting as the forum for issues and developments in the e-invoicing space, helping to bring them forward for industry-wide resolution."
“The government initiatives for e-invoicing are not only affecting the suppliers to the public sector, but prompting essentially almost all organizations to act. In the process, the way different stakeholders of business-to-business and business-to-government trade communicate with each other is changing, resulting also in the rise of digital business networks. Through EESPA the whole EU industry can benefit from mutual exchange of ideas, concepts and strategies to efficiently bring the EU Digital Agenda and its directives to life.”
"EESPA plays a crucial role strengthening and enlarging the scale and the scope of cross-border digital business transaction in Europe and worldwide. EESPA helped European service providers to tighten operational alliances by creating a propitious environment for its member’s business growth and making structural networking between members and national and international institutions. Speaking of growth, TESI has been growing steadily, providing comprehensive worldwide solutions to its customers, especially in Europe. Following the EESPA recipe there is MIA (Model Interoperability Agreement) a magical ingredient strategic to grow the ability of buyers and suppliers to exchange invoices and other supply chain documents in a secure and reliable way that supports their mutual trading needs. The EESPA MIA allows TESI to create connections with many European service provider delivering business transactions (e.g. orders, invoices, desadv etc..) between companies and business partner respecting their mutual trading needs. TESI found in EESPA an active association that fully understand Providers needs and involving each member to discuss and decide about supply and financial value chain and related services policies in an international framework.”
“We have an active role in promoting the real-time economy, as well as our role as an integrator and implementer of practical solutions. Our aim is to speed up the digitalization of the financial management of companies, municipalities and government, as this would mean an historic leap, both digitally and in terms of productivity, for the whole of Europe. For us, being a member of a European e-invoicing ecosystem, such as EESPA, enriches our understanding of best practice and market specific differences. Association also provides a stronger voice with which to influence regulators and policy makers.”
"Nowadays electronic invoicing is one of the most popular financial technology changes being implemented all over the world. Europe is using it to create competitive advantage. EESPA represents an ideal vehicle for building a partnership between leading edge competing companies to achieve common industry aims."
"Our membership in EESPA was crucial for our international activities. Networking with other service providers helped us understand the e-Invoicing requirements in other countries. And using the EESPA Model Agreement for interoperability made it possible to exchange invoices across Europe without investing in many different interfaces. This was the only way to make our customers happy and our own life much easier!"