Slovakia began preparations for mandatory e-invoicing23. February 2015
An introductory meeting of a national experts group on electronic invoicing, established by the statute under the Slovak National Standards Authority, took place today in Bratislava. The group’s purpose is to communicate with relevant European organizations and help prepare Slovakia, both legislatively and methodologically, for the implementation of European standards on structured data interchange and electronic invoicing.
The initial meeting was attended by representatives of GS1 Slovakia, the National Bank of Slovakia, the Office for Standardisation, Metrology and Testing of the Slovak Republic, the National Security Office, the Office for Personal Data Protection, the Ministry of Economy SR, the Ministry of Health SR and also by representatives of both front EDI providers who operate in Slovakia. The experts group will thus be supported by representatives from Slovak CCV Information Systems and Editel SK; a group of technology companies is extended by a representative of local manufacturer of ERP system, company Compeko. Martin Beňo was appointed the leader of the group, he is also the Minister of Finance SR and an appointed representative of Slovakia in the European Multilateral Forum for electronic invoicing (EMSFEI) in Brussels.
Full enactment of electronic invoicing for public contracts in the whole European Union is required by the year 2019, based on the directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2014/55/ EU; however, a number of states has already met this obligation in practice. Other states are just beginning preparations for agreeing national standards. At the request of the European Commission, European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has established a Working Group CEN PC 434, which is already working on a task to produce a semantic model of a European electronic invoice. Selected syntaxes can be applied on a defined semantics of items of the invoice; these are already available both globally and in specific industries; their examples include UN/CEFACT XML CII v.3 or EDIFACT.
Establishment of Slovak working group under the ÚNMS of Slovak Republic is thus a logical step for coordination of work with the international group and for formulation of a national stance. The main goal is a definition of Slovak standard for electronic invoicing with an addition of Slovak national expansion, intended especially for public administration purposes.