What is PEPPOL?
March 2012 | Boston, MA – B2BGateway has recently been selected by the Irish Government to partner with the National Procurement Service (NPS) and Office of Public Works (OPW) in delivering a pilot e-Invoice project as part of the overall EU PEPPOL project. But what is PEPPOL? Initiated in 2008, the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project has been developing and implementing the technology standards to align business processes for electronic procurement across all governments within Europe, aiming to expand market connectivity and interoperability between eProcurement communities. PEPPOL enables access to its standards-based IT transport infrastructure through access points, and provides services for eProcurement with standardised electronic document formats (based on UBL and CEN/BII) PEPPOL’s vision is to enable businesses to communicate electronically with any European government institution in the procurement process, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. Through agreement on specifications for cross-border procurement processes, the European Commission’s pilot project PEPPOL has contributed to the development of a pan-European, standards-based IT infrastructure. PEPPOL has not replaced, but built upon, the existing strengths of national eProcurement systems by using information and communication technologies to enable them to connect with each other. PEPPOL does not compete with IT service and solution providers. In fact, IT companies will be the key enablers of PEPPOL’s connectivity, offering new, value added services and solutions to their clients. As an open standardised platform, PEPPOL’s infrastructure has been designed to interconnect existing networks and bridge individual eBusiness islands in Europe. PEPPOL increases business opportunities for participants and supports interoperability across borders. It facilitates electronic communication among European companies and government institutions. For further information on e-Invoicing for suppliers of government/public sector departments please email Sales@B2BGateway.Net or call B2BGateway’s EU offices on +353 61 708533