Irish OpenPEPPOL announcement – a new PEPPOL Authority
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan TD signs Ireland up as a PEPPOL Authority member with, leading European public eProcurement network, OpenPEPPOL
Dublin, Thursday, 18 January 2018; The Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., today, signed an agreement with André Hoddevik, Secretary General, OpenPEPPOL officially confirming Ireland’s status as a PEPPOL Authority member. OpenPEPPOL is an international non-profit association responsible for coordinating the PEPPOL eDelivery network for eProcurement and eInvoicing. The PEPPOL eDelivery network enables businesses to ‘Connect Once – Connect to All’ European Public Sector buyers. Joining OpenPEPPOL is an important part of the Ireland’s strategy to supporting compliance with the European eInvoicing Directive (2014/55/EU), ultimately making it easier for businesses to engage with Government online.
The European eInvoicing Directive obliges all Public Sector Bodies to be able to receive electronic invoices (eInvoices) by April 2019. The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) will operate the PEPPOL Authority function on behalf of the Government and will facilitate Public Sector Bodies in meeting their eInvoicing obligation by providing a framework of commercially available solutions. There is no requirement on suppliers in Ireland to send eInvoices to Irish Public Sector Bodies, at this time.
Speaking today at the official signing, the Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan, T.D. said:
‘As a PEPPOL Authority member, Ireland will participate in the development and governance of the PEPPOL network. Ireland will now be part of a wider international community that is focused on harnessing digital technology to create opportunities for greater transparency and competition in public procurement, better value for money for the tax payer and reducing the environmental impact of traditional paper-based processes.’
On Ireland officially becoming a PEPPOL Authority Member, Mr Paul Quinn, Government Chief Procurement Officer and CEO of the OGP noted:
‘Today’s membership agreement marks an important initial step for Ireland in becoming compliant with the European eInvoicing Directive and meeting the April 2019 deadline. The interoperability that the PEPPOL network delivers is key to the standards based, sector-led approach to eInvoicing being adopted by Ireland, providing a ‘Connect Once – Connect to All’ channel for suppliers, while respecting the diversity of the public and private sectors both here and throughout Europe.’
Mr André Hoddevik, OpenPEPPOL said:
‘OpenPEPPOL welcomes Ireland as a PEPPOL Authority member. The thorough assessment made by the Irish Government before taking this step, and the clear linking between joining OpenPEPPOL and the implementation of the European eInvoicing Directive should serve as an example also for other countries in Europe. Ireland joins a growing number of European countries using PEPPOL as a cornerstone for their national eInvoicing activities. The continued growth of OpenPEPPOL well positions the association to support and enable the move towards the Digital Single Market.’
Finally, Minister O’Donovan concluded by noting:
‘The eInvoicing Directive represents a key enabler of trade among the European Member States by simplifying and standardising the exchange of invoices in public procurement for SME’s and businesses of all sizes. Membership of OpenPEPPOL and the eInvoicing initiative are further examples of Ireland’s commitment to national and European eGovernment strategies, aimed at modernising public administrations across Member States, to build a stronger Europe for the future.’