BELTUG and Agoria ICT (workforce e-billing) joined forces on 20 November 2015 to discuss the challenges of the rollout of the compulsory business-to-government e-invoicing plan in Belgium. Several BELTUG members with e-billing projects or experiences joined the discussion, along with Fedict, de Vlaamse overheid and VBO/FEB.
We learned that the onboarding process will be simplified by making the government’s Mercurius platform OpenPEPPOL-compliant. The OpenPEPPOL standard (which stands for 'Open Plan European Public Procurement Online’) should encourage competition in the market, and prevent additional setup and interconnection costs. Depending on the number of invoices submitted to the government, different solutions and prices will be developed by service providers and software providers.
Based on the learnings from this meeting, BELTUG has updated its Position on the government’s e-billing initative; this revised Position is available in Dutch and French. We are very pleased that our Position will be on the agenda of the newly set-up Governance Committee for e-billing, which will discuss our issues and provide coordinated answers. In addition, BELTUG's efforts were recognised in the e-Invoicing newsletter of bestuurszaken.be, the official website of the Public Governance department of the Flemish Government.
BELTUG is aiming to develop concrete case studies representing different types of companies, in order to help members – and supplier companies in general- build a positive business case for e-billing and to better assess its impact. These would also provide valuable insight to the government regarding the practical implications of the decision to impose the use of e-billing on its suppliers.