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Croatia: Mandatory Electronic Invoicing with the Public Administration


In 2019, Croatia will be one of the countries in which electronic invoicing with the Public Administration will be mandatory. Starting on July 1st, all invoices must be sent electronically to the public entities in the country.

The government has created a central platform called Servis eRačun za državu, which is operated by Fina, a financial agency, connected to all Public Administrations. The platform will receive all electronic invoices addressed to public entities.

The direct connection to the platform is made through PEPPOL. Fina is a PEPPOL Access Point capable of communicating with any other PEPPOL Access point like EDICOM.

The electronic invoices that are sent through PEPPOL will not require an electronic signature, but those sent by other electronic means will have to apply it. e-Invoicing archiving is mandatory for 11 years.

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The Croatian government emphasizes that electronic invoicing will benefit companies in the following aspects:

  • Savings when it comes to processing invoices due to process automation
  • Better use of human resources and increased productivity
  • Agile searches and document storage

In addition, the government believes that the mandatory use electronic invoicing with public administrations will encourage the expansion of this process to the private sector.

With Croatia taking part in mandatory e-Procurement, there are already several countries to which companies must adapt. EDICOM helps companies automate the sending of their invoices to the European public administrations of any country in an agile and simple way. EDICOM´s integrated ASP solution combines the flexibility of a multiprotocol platform capable of connecting with any ERP system, and the interconnectivity of its HUB network giving its clients access to public administrations throughout Europe.

Other countries with mandatory B2G invoice processes

Portugal will make electronic invoicing with public procurement processes mandatory in 2020. On 4/18/2019, public administrations and public Portuguese institutes must have their information systems adapted to the electronic invoice model. This term has been extended to 4/18/2020 for local public administrations.

In Italy, issuing and sending electronic invoices has been mandatory since January 1, 2019 in both the B2G and B2B areas. Italy was the first country to regulate electronic invoicing for all companies in the country.

The EDICOM electronic invoicing solution developed for Italy works both for private companies and the Public Administration.  It is a complete and secure service platform that guarantees connectivity with any partner or institution. In addition, it is a scalable and international solution adapted to the regulatory requirements of electronic invoicing for over 65 countries.

In Spain, the administration’s suppliers must send the electronic invoices to the PGEFe (General Point of Entry for Electronic Invoices) that each Public Administration has enabled and prepared technically to facilitate the reception of files.

France created an entrance portal for invoices to the public administration. It acts as a hub, in charge of concentrating the invoices of the suppliers and distributing them to the corresponding Public Administration for processing. By 2020 all providers to public administrations must send invoices in electronic format.

In Sweden, starting in April of 2019, B2G electronic invoicing will be mandatory. The Public Administrations will accept electronic invoices only, preferably using the PEPPOL format. However, its national format, Svefaktura, will also be accepted.

Since January 1, 2018, Belgium has required companies participating in public tenders with a value of more than 135,000 Euros to invoice electronically. Starting in 2020, the federal government will accept electronic invoices only.

In the Netherlands, electronic invoicing has been mandatory only for suppliers with contracts that have been signed since January 1, 2017.

The Electronic Directive 2014/55/EU will become effective on April 18, 2019

Directive 2014/55/EU will come into effect on April 18, 2019, with the goal of improving efficiency in public procurement processes in the European Union. Starting on April 18, 2019, all European public administrations must accept invoices in electronic format from their suppliers. Thanks to the definition of open standards, companies can negotiate electronically with any buyer in the European public sector and carry out procurement processes.

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