During this month of February we left behind, two events related to electronic invoicing have been held.
On the one hand, very close, the Sixth Congress of Electronic Invoicing and Certified Scanning, organized by the Association of ICT Sector (AMETIC) and held last February 23.
As indicated in www.facturae.es, there have been significant developments since the lastcongress, including the adoption of the COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2010/45/EU of 13 July 2010 amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax as regards the rules on invoicing (PDF)
One of the most controversial points of this directive is paragraph (11)
The authenticity and integrity of electronic invoices can also be ensured by using certain existing technologies, such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and advanced electronic signatures. However, since other technologies exist, taxable persons should not be required to use any particular electronic-invoicing technology
that seems to go against the mandatory use of electronic signature (much less qualified) to ensure the authenticity and integrity of electronic invoices.
Borja Adsuara, recently appointed CEO of Red.es (ES), also announced that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (SETSI) will invest 650,000 euros to foster the development of the electronic invoice (ES), an amount may seem high, but, according to the administration, would save 15,000 million euros, or what is the same, 1.5% of Spanish GDP.
A great summary of the Congress can be read in the post CONCLUSIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE SIXTH CONGRESS OF ELECTRONIC INVOICING AND CERTIFIED SCANNING (ES), written by Bartolomé Borrego (ES).
This third phase has been very focused on the barriers to adoption of electronic invoicing in Europe and how to extend its benefits to all types and sizes of companies.
From isigma we believe strongly in the economic and environmental benefits of electronic invoicing and create products affordable and easy to use (as ClickSign or PortaSigma -ES-) to deliver electronic invoices to any user or business class, aligning with the guidelines of the third phase of e-Invoicing CEN Workshop.
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