Unofficial translation in English
The Dutch government will monitor the national infrastructure for e-invoicing
The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) will be responsible for the management and supervision of the infrastructure for e-invoicing as of 1 October 2020. E-invoicing is the electronic exchange of invoice data between supplier and buyer. Two studies showed that the public interest of a secure and reliable e-invoicing infrastructure requires a greater and more active role from the government.
The Dutch government is obliged by European regulations and the Dutch Public Procurement Act to be able to receive and process e-invoices. The Dutch government fulfills this obligation by being connected to Peppol, the digital infrastructure that makes it possible to exchange e-invoices with each other.
In order to guarantee that the Dutch government will continue to be assured of a safe and reliable digital infrastructure for e-invoicing in the future, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will take over the role of supervisor and supervisor from the private foundation Simplerinvoicing in close consultation.
The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Simplerinvoicing foundation ensure that during the transfer of the PEPPOL authority, the digital infrastructure remains available for companies and governments to send and receive e-invoices.
What is Peppol?
Peppol is a standardized digital exchange infrastructure for sending and receiving electronic invoices. Peppol is not a stand-alone technical facility or software program. Instead, the Peppol infrastructure is provided by multiple authorized service providers on a network. These service providers work together in a system according to joint agreements: the Peppol Agreement System.
The Dutch Peppol authority ensures that the admitted participants adhere to the joint agreements on the safety, reliability and interoperability of the digital infrastructure.
What is electronic invoicing?
An electronic invoice (e-invoice) contains the same billing information as a paper invoice. Payment is made on the basis of the invoice. With e-invoicing, the format is always structured in the same way. An e-invoice can therefore easily be processed electronically from one automated system into the other. Time-consuming and expensive manual processing is thus a thing of the past. This provides cost and time savings for both suppliers and government. E.g. because they get paid faster.
Do you have any questions about this message? Please contact the e-invoicing helpdesk of the national government.