What is OpenPEPPOL
OpenPEPPOL is a non-profit international association under Belgian law (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – AISBL) and consists of both public sector and private members. The association has assumed full responsibility for the development and maintenance of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and its services and implementation across Europe.
The purpose of OpenPEPPOL is to enable European businesses to easily deal electronically with any European public sector buyers in their procurement processes, thereby increasing opportunities for greater competition for government contracts and providing better value for tax payers’ money.
The Association provides an authoritative point of reference for networks of interoperable, PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and the organisations that use it, ensuring high level governance and continuation of the agreement infrastructure. OpenPEPPOL is working towards providing its stakeholders with widely accepted technology standards and specifications, while ensuring sustainability and promoting and supporting the wider use of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services.
The full version of the OpenPEPPOL Statutes.
The goals of the Association
- Encourage European governments and their suppliers to continue implementing eProcurement using the PEPPOL specifications and promoting best practices
- Promote and support the development of innovative PEPPOL-based ICT products and services supporting public procurement processes, promoting their use also in the B2B context to harmonise processes across the private and public sectors, simplifying eProcurement adoption for SMEs
- Ensure that the PEPPOL network continues to grow in an open, accessible and compliant manner, supporting interoperability for European public services and helping Europe move towards a Digital Single Market
- Business to business use of the PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and use of PEPPOL-components in other areas beyond procurement are also recognised as important and are encouraged by the Association. PEPPOL is currently being implemented in several European countries to date and interest is now increasing outside of the EU.