Our members are also important participants in the OpenPEPPOL community and also collaborate with important national infrastructures such as Chorus Pro (France) and SdI (Italy) to name but two: a complex image, but one that reflects the different preferences of national communities, both public and private, and the reality that no infrastructure can take into account all aspects of electronic billing. The adoption of electronic billing is a „devil is in the detail“ and it is the efforts of service providers and their customers that bring these and many other solutions to life. The diversity of customers, suppliers and solutions means there are many moving parts to navigate. The case for paper removal and replacing it with safe and reliable digital processes for e-business and automated supply chains has never been more compelling. Currently, there is evidence of delays in processing invoices through remote work and the logistical processing of paper documents. The current disturbances act as a catalyst for digitization, as we will live with these new conditions for some time. Electronic billing offers complete legal and commercial certainty and is easy to use. Implementation tools are common. Service providers have a strong influence on stimulating electronic billing volumes. Now, after the law came into force, which provides for public authorities, municipalities and regions to receive electronic invoices, electronic billing has obviously increased.
Swedish law also stipulates that public sector suppliers must also send electronic invoices on the basis of public procurement after 1 April 2019. Electronic billing reduces the risk of billing errors and exceptions by digitizing accounting data and assigning it to contracts, orders, service stations and merchandise inputs. If electronic invoices are transferred via a digital business network and programmed with associated document data and business rules, they can be automatically validated before booking. And because digital information is easier to see in all systems than paper sitting on its desk, electronic billing facilitates this task: Peppol has developed very clearly since its creation as a major European project in 2008, with a great European vision of public procurement. This vision involves electronic billing and much more. It`s still not the finished products, but there are many more boxes than any other ecosystem I know. If so, it is too strong for public sector interests. I think it is good for our competitiveness that the EU is able to further harmonize electronic billing practices and related areas (VAT report, accounting, archiving). Food for Thoughts: Real-time Tax Reporting and Electronic Billing The latest IMF document estimates that the European underground economy accounts for 15-35% of GDP in the Member States. The EU`s GDP was estimated at 16.6 trillion euros in 2018. A 2% reduction in the underground economy through the massive introduction of electronic accounting for SMEs would result in additional taxes of 70 billion euros (for an average of 21.3%).
The E-Celang Services Providers Association welcomes debates and reflections on the policy and design for the future of electronic billing, as promoted by the CEF Digital team. The European SME landscape is vast and varied: 23 million SMEs employ less than 10 people. It is served by more than 10,000 software companies and several hundred electronic billing service providers. I have not specifically asked for a comprehensive electronic billing mandate for B2B/B2C, because there is still a decision of each Member State in the pace and scale they want, but I think that, if they want to implement it, it should be done in a coordinated and coordinated way in order to facilitate the task of end-users. In the world, every EU member state faces the same challenges