On the 16th April 2014, the European Parliament and Council voted to adopt the European Directive (2014/55/EU) on electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) with the goal of facilitating the use of a European standard on e-invoicing across member states.
The EU Directive mandated European central government agencies to be compliant in order to receive and process e-invoices by 18th April 2019, but it also gave member states the option to allow sub-central contracting authorities to delay compliance until April 2020.
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) are tasked with sourcing goods and services for the Irish public service, and in November 2018, Celtrino responded to a Request for Tenders from the OGP. The tender was seeking to establish a framework of e-invoicing service providers to provide e-invoicing services to Irish public bodies seeking to meet their obligations concerning the Directive.
The tender process has since concluded, and Celtrino are delighted to announce we have been selected as:
- The Single Supplier for the Framework Lot to provide e-Invoicing to the National Shared Service Office, Finance Shared Services and Central Government Departments and Agencies (Lot 1).
- A framework member to the HSE (and other Health Authorities), the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), and Local and Regional authorities (Lot 2).
- The 1st Ranked Framework Member for e-invoicing services to public bodies for which Lot 1 and Lot 2 do not apply
This result enables Celtrino to work first-hand with Irish public Sector bodies to ensure e-invoicing compliance with the European Directive.
Celtrino successfully enabled the Irish Lot 1 public bodies to receive e-invoices prior to the deadline of the 18th April 2019, and over the next 12 months we will be working closely with Lot 3 public bodies as their 1st Ranked Framework Member.
For public bodies who wish to draw down from this Framework and to comply with the directive as per their obligations, they must go through www.ogp.gov.ie.
To support this directive and upgrade our digital services infrastructure Celtrino were selected for European funding by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).