Spreading the eInvoicing message in advance of the compliance deadline of April 2019
Sub-central Government to have option to postpone to April 2020

Tuesday 4, December 2018; Today eInvoicing Ireland are in Brussels attending the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) dedicated eInvoicing Event. With four months to go to the European Directive compliance deadline, public and private sector interests from Member States across Europe have come together to share insights, experiences and news of their progress in the adoption of eInvoicing in advance of the Central Government deadline of April 2019.

Tomorrow, at the Public Sector ICT Conference in Dublin, you can meet the eInvoicing Ireland team at their information stand and see them take part in the ‘7×7’ presentation challenge to outline what you need to know about eInvoicing in Ireland in just 7 minutes! This #PSICT18
event is being run by the Office of the Government CIO in association with the Irish Computer Society at the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane. Further details can be found on the event website: ‘Digital Government 2025’. Finally later this week, on Friday 7 December 2018,
Ireland has been invited to speak at the European Commission’s CEF Digital Building Blocks event, which includes European developments on Big Data, eArchiving and eID, to help demonstrate how eInvoicing is a key member of a suite of digital building blocks that are
Connecting Europe.

This week marks the end of a busy month of events promoting eInvoicing compliance and prompting action by public bodies in Ireland in advance of the April 2019 deadline for Central Government. The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), where eInvoicing Ireland is based, are also busy preparing the legislation for the transposition of the European Directive 2014/55/EU on eInvoicing which obliges all contracting authorities and contracting entities to be able to receive and process electronic invoices (eInvoices) compliant with the European Standard by 18 April 2019. It is intended that the transposition of the legislation will include an option for sub-central Government bodies to postpone the deadline until April 2020.

Recent events attended by eInvoicing Ireland included:
 Women in Technology, the Conference Centre, 15 November 2018

 ISME Annual Conference, City West, 21 November 2018

 Public Affairs Ireland, Annual Public Procurement Conference, Davenport Hotel, 22
November 2018

 Public Sector CPD Blitz, Chartered Accountants Ireland and CIPFA, Chartered
Accountants Ireland House, 23 November 2018

All relevant eInvoicing Ireland presentations will be available at www.ogp.gov.ie/eInvoicing, to download from Friday 7 December 2018.

For those who might have missed these events and can’t make tomorrow’s event the main emphasis has been on engaging all public bodies to become aware of their obligations arising from the Directive, to start analysing internal current invoice processing environments, system capabilities, invoice volumes, supplier profiles and the level of staff involved in those processes with a view to developing an eInvoicing action plan. eInvoicing Ireland has been working with the OGP and their four sector partners Health, Education, Central and Local Government to establish an eInvoicing Framework. The Framework, from which public bodies will be able to access the relevant eInvoicing services and solutions to enable compliance with the European Directive, is planned to be available in quarter one 2019.

In advance of the Framework it is crucial that public bodies plan for compliance and use their internal analysis and understanding of the Directive to develop a business case and / or strategy for eInvoicing which targets the individual public body’s goals, be that basic compliance or more ambitious automated processing goals. eInvoicing Ireland have also been reminding public bodies that while technology can deliver solutions, it is people that effect change. It is important to think about eInvoicing and change management in terms of people, technology and champions. eInvoicing Ireland have been developing a number of tools and materials to support public bodies in planning for eInvoicing, such as preparation worksheets which ask public bodies the questions they need to consider when analysing their internal invoice processes and an implementation pyramid mapping out the implementation journey.

All updated information materials will be available on www.ogp.gov.ie/eInvoicing from Friday 7 December 2018.

For further information visit: www.ogp.gov.ie/eInvoicing or email einvoicing@ogp.gov.ie

eInvoicing Ireland Team