18 Directorate-Generals of the European Commission, Executive Agencies and Institutions have replaced the paper invoicing process by electronic means with the contractors of two major IT market procedures of DIGIT – ESP DESIS II and ITSS II. They are now using the e-PRIOR system to receive electronic invoices from suppliers.
Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT)
Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC)
Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL)
Directorate-General for Translation (DGT)
Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA)
Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP)
Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR)
Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV)
Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security (DG HR)
Directorate-General for the Information Society and Media (DG INFSO)
Directorate-General for the Internal Market and Services (DG MARKT)
Directorate-General for Research (DG RTD)
Directorate-General for Interpretation (SCIC)
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
European External Action Service (EEAS)
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
Office for the Administration and Payment of Individual Entitlements (PMO)
Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TENEA)
This is the first wave of the e-Invoicing roll-out in all DGs, Agencies and Institutions using DIGIT's market procedures.
DIGIT started e-Invoicing with a few suppliers in 2009. The adoption of e-Invoicing continues to grow with new Framework contracts and other Directorate-Generals and Executive Agencies joining e-procurement. By the end of the year, all 49 Directorate-Generals of the Commission and Executive Agencies will be using e-Invoicing with IT contractors.
Some recent figures:
- 27 supplier companies of the Commission are currently using e-Invoicing, sending their invoices through e-PRIOR
- 4 service providers are interfacing with e-PRIOR and connecting suppliers to e-PRIOR for e-Invoicing
- 2700 electronic invoices were received in e-PRIOR
- 1300 downloads of the Open e-PRIOR software on Joinup.eu
e-PRIOR is a service-oriented platform, developed by DIGIT, allowing suppliers to exchange with the European Commission and its Institutions standardised e-Procurement documents via a secured communication channel.
An open-source version of e-PRIOR, called Open e-PRIOR is freely available to the Member States and can be implemented in any public administration.
The platform is connected to PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine) via its own Access Point, facilitating the cross-border exchange of e-procurement documents between, for example, a public administration in country A with suppliers in country B.