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ODRŽANA 1. CEN e-INVOICE GATEWAY CIM KONFERENCIJA - Summary

Povodom plenarne sjednice i sastanaka radnih grupa CEN radionice za standardizaciju e-Računa Europskog odbora za normizaciju - CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation), u zagrebačkom hotelu International održana je Prva CEN e-Invoice CIM konferencija. Organizator konferencija bila je CEN radionice za e-Račun, uz pokroviteljstvo Ministarstva gospodarstva, rada i poduzetništva te suorganizatorsku pomoć Business Process Conference-a, GS1, Hrvatskog zavoda za norme (HZN) i tvrtke InfoDom, vodeće hrvatske tvrtke za područje e-Računa, čiji stručnjaci aktivno sudjeluju u radu CEN-a i čijim je zalaganjem Hrvatska dobila priliku organizirati ovaj događaj.
 
Cilj Prve CIM konferencije bilo je pružanje podrške prilikom stvaranja zajednice nacionalnih kontakt točki vezanih uz CEN e-Invocing Gateway, prezentacija promjena u načinu rada uslijed revizije portala, novih regulatornih rješenja Europske unije vezanih uz e-Račun te pregled stanja primjene e-Računa u zemljama Europske unije i SEE regije. 

Izjave sudionika o konferenciji:

"Svaka pohvala organizatorima da su uspjeli relizirati vrlo zahtjevan projekt - CEN e-Invoice Getaway konferenciju i okupiti kompetentne predavače, koji su svojim stručnim znanjem i iskustvom nastojali pridonijeti što jednostavnijoj i uspješnijoj provedbi aktivnosti za uvođenje e-Računa i u hrvatsko poslovno okruženje. Koliko je problematika aktualna moglo se zaključiti po brojnom auditoriju i vrlo zanimljivim diskusijama. Nadati se da će relevantne državne institucije ubrzano rješavati administrativne i zakonske okvire kako bi projekt e-Računa bio uspješno završen i spreman za što skoriju primjenu".

Klara Karivan, Direktor/CEO, GS1, Hrvatska


"e-Invoice CIM conference provided an opportunity to meet face to face with e-Invoice experts from governments, businesses and academia and exchange experiences, problems and solutions, successes and mistakes. Even though internet is full of e-Invoice resources, and CIMs are doing their best to present accurately their national environments, bringing all these people to the same room at the same time created opportunities for interfacing that are much richer than online environment can provide. Having this event organized in Zagreb, Croatia, also helped raise awareness and lend credibility to the national efforts for introducing and boosting the use of e-Invoices. I believe that targeting the countries with least e-Invoice penetration for e-Invoice gateway CIM conferences would create sinergy between the CIM networking, transfer of knowledge and best practices, and awareness raising."

Dijana Šimić, Fakultet organizacije i informatike, Varaždin


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PREZENTACIJE PREGLEDAJTE KLIKOM NA PREDAVAČA
 
TIME AGENDA ITEM SPEAKER
09:00 CONFERENCE OPENING Stefan Engel-Flechsig, CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing co-chair
Lynn Nicholson, CEN e-Invoice WG Awareness and Promotion Chair
Slavko Vidović, Croatian National Council for e-Business
09:30 KEYNOTE:
Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing for Europe
Antonio Conte, European Comission, DG Enterprise & Industry
10:00 Past, present and future of CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing Anders Grangard, CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing co-chair
10:30 Knowledge management and social media in fostering
e-Invoice adoption
Darko Gulija, Croatian National Council for e-Business
11:00 CEN e-Invoicing Gateway – new features Helmut Aschbacher, CEN e-Invoice Gateway
11:30 COFFE BREAK
12:00 INTRODUCTION:
Changes in e-Invoice legal environment in Germany
Stefan Engel-Flechsig, CIM, Germany
CIM PANEL 1:
e-Invoice practice in Europe
• Latest development in electronic invoicing
• National e-Invoice forums
• e-Invoice penetration
Country Information Managers (CIM) from European countries
13:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 INTRODUCTION:
How to use e-Invoice Gateway to speed up e-Invoice implementation in SE Europe?
Lynn Nicholson, CEN e-Invoice WG Awareness and Promotion Chair
New law on e-Invoicing in Denmark Ole Ellerbæk Madsen, CIM, Denmark
PRESENTATIONS:
e-Invoice in Croatia
• Implementation of e-Invoice in Croatia
• National e-Invoice forum in Croatia
 
 
Dijana Dimov, Ministry of economy, labour and entrepreneurship
Ranko Smokvina, Croatian e-Invoice project lead
PANEL DISCUSSION:
Initiatives for e-Invoice implementation in SE Europe
Panelists from SE Europe (Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia)
16:00 CIM PANEL 2:
CIM conference in the future
Country Information Managers (CIM) from European countries
16:30 DISCUSSION AND CLOSING COCKTAIL
17:00 CLOSURE
 

Key points

The key points that dominated all the discussions – both formal and informal were:
  • Figures presented by Anders Grangard (up to 587 mil EUR of unused potential savings per day in the EU) represent strong motivation for speeding up the development of e-Invoicing  in Europe
  • Knowledge management & experience exchange are very important in fostering e-Invoice adoption, especially among SME (as the sector that needs most support in implementing e-Invoice, but also the sector offering the biggest potential for growth)
  • The CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing and EU Multistakeholder forum - both set by European Comission DG Enterprise and Industry - should find the way to work together using CEN e‑Invoice Gateway and Country Information Managers as powerful tool in helping e-Invoice to became predominant form of invoice in Europe
  • Croatia and the countries from SEE region should hurry up in implementing e-Invoice because it stimulates the economy and eases the integration of companies into the European market, but learn in that process from the directions set by the European Commission and CEN Workshop on e‑Invoicing and avoid setting unnecessary barriers (such as mandatory electronic signature on e‑Invoice)
  • Mandatory e‑Invoicing for the public procurement is good example on  how to reach high penetration rates and accomplish economic benefits in short period of time
  • CEN e-Invoice Gateway CIM conference is necessary and it should be turned into a yearly event as additional day of one of the CEN WS meetings with exact format being defined with the local host
 

The conference wrap-up

Introduction

For the first time since the start of the CEN eInvoice Workshops Country Information Managers (CIM) met on 21 June 2011 in Zagreb at the 1st CEN e-Invoice Gateway CIM Conference.  The Conference was held in parallel with “CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing Phase 3” meetings that took place in Zagreb from 20 to 21 June 2011. 

Conference gathered CEN e-Invoice Gateway Country Information Managers (CIMs) from various European countries with the goal of helping the development of their community and finding the way to improve their work.
 
It attracted a lot of interest from the CEN e-Invoicing Workshop members as well. Some WGs even shortened their meetings so that attendees could have participated in the conference, met the CIMs and learned about the new developments in e-Invoicing in various European countries.
 
It also brought together participants from Croatian government institutions and bodies, universities, banks and service providers interested in faster development of e-Invoicing in Croatia as well as participants from SEE region.
 
The whole conference has been video-streamed, which enabled  Country Information Managers and other potential participants who could not be physically present in Zagreb to follow the conference over the Internet.

EU practice on e-Invoice

In the opening keynote Antonio Conte (European Comission DG Enterprise and Industry) presented the views and measures carried out by the European Commission, which has set the goal to make e-Invoice predominant form of invoice in the next decade.
 
Anders Grangard (CEN WS on e-Invoicing co-chair) presented the history and future plans for CEN Workshop on e-Invoicng. The most discussed part of his presentation was savings potential of e-Invoicing. With approximately 28 billion of invoices in Europe yearly (in 2006) and saving potential of 5.5-8.5 EUR per invoice (out of which only 10 % are e-Invoices), total saving potential was estimated to 139-214 Billion Eur per year. This means that each day of postponing e-Invoice implementation is projected “cost” up to 587 mil EUR in un‑realized savings.
 
Darko Gulija (Croatian National Council for e-Business, Infodom) introduced the perspective of knowledge management and social networks in fostering e-Invoice adoption, which has set the grounds to Helmut Aschbacher (CEN e-Invoice Gatewy) to present CEN e-Invoice gateway and its features.
 
The first panel discussion was opened by Stefan Engel-Flechsig (CEN WS on e-Invoicing co-chair & German CIM) who presented latest developments on e-Invoicing in Germany. Germany was among the first European countries that transposed new EU directive which introduced equal treatment of paper and electronic invoices into the national legislative.
 
In the panel, Country Information Managers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovakia, and Slovenia presented development of e-Invoicing in their countries, with special attention paid to the founding of European/National Multistakeholder forum(s), e-Invoice penetration and equal treatment of paper and electronic invoices.
 
The panel also discussed the future of CEN e-Invoice Gateway for which it identified two possible models: financing by some European body (possibly the European Multistakeholder forum) or forming the independent not-for-profit association.

e-Invoice in the SE Europe region

The afternoon presentations were aimed to help Croatia and region to implement e-Invoicing.
 
Lynn Nicholson (CEN WS on e-Invoicing WG Awareness and Promotion chair) explained how to use CEN e‑Invoicing Gateway as a tool to speed up e-Invoicing adoption, whereas Ole Madsen (Denmark CIM) presented innovative Danish approach which put Denmark among the top European countries in e-Invoicing penetration rates.
 
Dijana Dimov (Croatian Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship) presented the status of e‑Invoicing implementation in Croatia and measures Croatian government takes on that field and Ranko Smokvina (Croatian CIM) elaborated the situation on founding Croatian Multistakeholder forum.
 
The conference also established contacts with potential CIMs from the SE Europe region, enabling the region to cease being the last white spot on e-Invoicing map of Europe.


CIM conference in the future

In the closing panel that discussed the future of the CIM conference all parties agreed that such a conference was necessary and that it should be turned into a yearly event as additional day of one of the CEN WS meetings.
 
Exact format (closed or open to the public) needs to be defined with the local host taking into account possible effects on the development of e-Invoicing in the local community.


Conclusion

It was overwhelming feeling of all the participants that such a conference was necessary and that it was huge success.
 
Conference fulfilled all the expectations set in the preparation phase:
  • It enabled information exchange between the Country Information Managers and CEN Workshop on e‑Invoicing participants on the current status and future development of e-Invoicing in Europe
  • It helped Country Information Managers to create community among themselves and to establish stronger relations with the members of CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing
  • It gave positive feedback on the future development of CEN e-Invoice Gateway, but also on the future of the Workshop itself
  • It had very positive impact on the implementation of e-Invoice in Croatia and SE Europe region and provided relevant and up‑to­‑date information to all the interesting parties (government institutions and bodies, universities, banks and service providers) on the best practices related to e-Invoice in Europe
 
Situation with e-Invoice in Europe is ready to deliver promised savings, but further actions are needed to speed‑up e-Invoice penetration to the higher rates. Additional penetration increase of 10% in one year means additional savings up to 21.5 billion EUR per year, which provides a good reason for more decisive actions.
 
For that reason, work of Country Information Managers, CEN e-Invoicing Gateway and CEN Workshop on e‑Invoicing has proven very useful and should be continued, irrespective of the actual framework.


Organizers and sponsors

The organizers of the conference were CEN Workshop on e-Invoicing and Business Process Conference (BPC) and sponsor of the conference were Croatian Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, GS1 Croatia, Croatian Standards Institute and Infodom. 

More information on the conference including the full conference agenda, presentations and recorded video sessions could be found on http://www.e-invoice-gateway.net/