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PEPPOL meets the UK e-Invoicing Advocacy Group

by Enrique Vich created on 15/03/2012 02:00

PEPPOL representatives met the UK e-Invoicing Advocacy Group (UKEAG) in London on Feb. 27th, 2012 to promote cross-border eInvoicing in Europe.

The UK e-Invoicing Advocacy Group was set up in 2010 as an initiative of industry associations, public sector bodies and solution providers to promote e-Invoicing in the UK and also to ensure expert UK input to the EU Commission Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing.

 
In an ongoing effort to strengthen interoperability and process automation across borders, PEPPOL and representatives from the French government met UKeAG members, at an event hosted by the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
An overview of the PEPPOL project and several French pilot implementations of cross-border eInvoicing were presented, along with opportunities for leading service providers to implement PEPPOL Access Points, facilitating cross-border eInvoicing between the UK and France. 
 
The discussion that followed focused primarily on legal and governance aspects, which are the key points to be addressed by the Open PEPPOL Association over the coming months.
UK government representatives were particularly interested in increasing SME participation in public procurement, considering that SMEs account for over 99% of all enterprises in the UK.  
The session resulted in increased interest about PEPPOL and a discussion about how the UK government might get more involved, including plans to take a closer look at the Scottish Government’s pilot project to implement PEPPOL specifications into their national eProcurement platform.     
The PEPPOL French team led by Alain Ducass of Adetef (a French ministerial body), is currently liaising with EU organisations across several industries, from healthcare and education to the wine industry, etc. They will continue their PEPPOL road show in key EU countries to encourage cross-border interoperability in the business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) space. 
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