The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has recently developed a new standard for harmonizing electronic invoicing processes across all EU member states and responding to the 2014/55/EU European Parliament and Council Directive of 16 April 2014, relating to electronic invoicing in public procurement.

At the end of June and in a very short timeframe, the Technical Committee CEN/TC 434 on Electronic Invoicing were able to develop a European Standard and a Technical Specification:

  • EN 16931-1: semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice
  • TS 16931-2: list of syntaxes that comply with EN 16931-1

The semantic model provides the essential information elements that an electronic invoice needs to have in order to ensure its legal compliance and to enable interoperability for cross-border, cross-sector and for domestic trade. The application of the new standard is compliant with the requirements for the protection of personal data of Directive 95/46/EC. More deliverables will be published in August and October this year. A total 8 deliverables will be published before the end of 2017.

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The issue of the evolution of electronic invoicing in public procurement, as foreseen by the 2014/55/EU Directive, has been taken into account by Italy when the standard for the European electronic invoicing was being defined by CEN within the eIGOR (electronicInvoice GO Regional) project, supported by the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program, to which InfoCert participates with AgIDIntercent-ERUnionCamere and Celeris Group.

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