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Commission Decision of 31 October 2007 setting up an Expert Group on electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) (2007/717/EC)

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Article 2Tasks

1.The Group shall generally assist the Commission in the development and monitoring of progress towards an agreed strategy for the creation of a European e-Invoicing Framework.

2.The Group's tasks shall be completed by 31 December 2009.

3.The Group shall fulfil the following particular tasks:

(a)

identifying shortcomings in the regulatory framework for e-Invoicing at Community and Member State level, which prevent the Community economy exploiting its full potential;

(b)

identifying e-Invoicing business requirements for an European e-Invoicing Framework and ensure their validation by key stakeholders(1);

(c)

identifying relevant e-Invoicing data elements, especially for the linkage between the invoice and, at least, the procurement and the payments process, issues related to valueadded tax, authentication and integrity, archiving and storage demands, as well as the need to ensure the validation of those elements by key stakeholders;

(d)

proposing responsibilities to be assigned to standardisation bodies and a time schedule for the development of common standard(s) based on the business and data requirements of stakeholders to support a European e-Invoicing Framework;

(e)

proposing the European e-Invoicing Framework. The European e-Invoicing Framework is to establish a common conceptual structure, including business requirements and standard(s), and propose solutions supporting the provision of e-Invoicing services in an open and interoperable manner across Europe.

4.In carrying out its task, the Group shall take account of already existing work and solutions, in particular concerning business requirements and technical standards, in the domain of e-Invoicing in the public and private sector.

5.Where appropriate and necessary, the Group can identify responsibilities for the execution of specific work to subgroups or external bodies and organisations competent in the domain of e-Invoicing.

6.The Group shall establish and communicate to the Commission a mid-term report summarising progress on the tasks and any recommendations as an input to reflection and discussion between the Commission and Member States and stakeholders, in particular industry associations. This report shall be made available to the public.

7.The Group shall establish and communicate to the Commission a final report describing the European e-Invoicing Framework. This report shall be made available to the public.

(1)

Notably public sector, enterprises and ICT and financial service providers.

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