Although it is undeniable that eInvoicing is contributing to a lot of European entities having more efficient processes, it is also true that some businesses are still reluctant to join the eInvoicing system and adapt their invoices to the different customers, as this can become a complex process not always cost-effective. In the scope of this problem, the Hermes project implemented in Belgium is working to let the senders to send only eInvoices that fulfill certain and concrete characteristics, but independently of the one who receives them. So, when the Hermes system detects that it is not possible to receive an eInvoice, it sends an equivalent document in PDF format to the recipient. In this sense, the use of the CEF eDelivery Building Block for sending documents and data has allowed the Belgian government to increase the number of entities capable of receiving eInvoices, until reach the entire Belgian economic operators, which now participate in the PEPPOL eDelivery network; resulting in a faster deployment of the eInvoices in Belgium. More information about the Hermes project here.
As we can see, to serve the purpose of eInvoicing, Belgium is betting for eDelivery, and so do the Trust Service Providers (TSPs) in the Consortium of Action AS4EDI19 – European EDI Providers integrating the AS4 eDelivery. This project, co-funded by the European Commission – INEA (CEF Telecom program, Action number 2019-EU-IA-0012), aims at promoting the use of the eDelivery DSI amongst European private and public entities by integrating the AS4 messaging protocol (specifically the eDelivery AS4 Profile) in five, already certified, PEPPOL Access Points (APs) from Sweden, Italy, and Denmark, what will let a large number of European entities access the cross-border exchange of electronic documents according to the technical specifications of the EU Core Service Platform.
If you want to know more about the development of this project, that is now finishing the testing phase, please visit its official website: http://cef.uv.es/as4edi19
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