Progress on electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) remains a principal European Union ( ) policy goal. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the new European Commission, identified creating a connected digital single market as one of his ten priorities. The European Commission’s ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’, published in 2010 and last updated in 2012, is one of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020, the ’s strategy “to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth”. The full implementation of the Digital Agenda also aims at “reforming the framework conditions for the internet economy”. It identifies key actions designed, among other things, to “establish a single area for online payments”. The Digital Agenda recognises that there is a strong link between the Single Euro Payments Area ( ) programme and e-invoicing: “SEPA will also provide a launch platform for value added services linked to payments, such as the development of a European e-invoicing framework.”
In this guest blog (see ‘related links’ below), Charles Bryant catalogues in brief a number of significant regulatory and market developments and patterns supporting the uptake of e-invoicing in the and other regions.
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