Irish Sub-Central Government agencies can still sign-up to electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) compliance.
Legally, Sub-Central government agencies need to be able to receive and process invoices electronically, in accordance with European Directive 2014/55/EU. Agencies were mandated to be compliant by 18th April 2020.
Who needs to comply?
Sub-central agencies consist of:
- – Universities, institutes of technology, schools, colleges and other educational institutions
- – Hospitals
- – Education and health department agencies
- – Section 38 and 39 agencies
- – Semi-state bodies
As well as being a legal requirement, e-Invoicing provides public bodies with numerous benefits. According to EESPA by adopting e-Invoicing, users have been able to reduce invoice processing costs by 50-75%, with a return on investment of over 60% per annum.
One of the main objectives of the Directive is to improve interoperability across all EU member states. It offers Irish public bodies an enhanced opportunity to do business with suppliers from right across Europe.
By adopting compliance with the directive, sub-central agencies can contribute significantly towards the overall national strategy for the Irish public sector to fully embrace digital transformation. By modernising front and back office processes across the public sector, Irish public services can become much more efficient and responsive for the Irish public. Each sub-central agency can play their part in effecting this transformation.
How to comply
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) govern the implementation of the Directive at a national level across Ireland. Celtrino had been chosen by the OGP as the first-ranked service provider to enable Irish sub-central government agencies to achieve e-invoicing compliance. Initially in 2019, Irish Central government agencies were mandated to be compliant by April 2019 and Celtrino worked with them as their exclusive e-Invoicing provider to set them up for compliance by this deadline.
The actual steps that sub-central agencies need to take to achieve compliance with the EU directive are as follows:
This helpful video from the OGP outlines how to complete the NASF
Apply to comply
With the April 18th 2020 date having now passed, we are strongly encouraging sub-central government agencies to assess their current invoice processing environments and to take those significant steps towards achieving compliance.
Don’t wait any longer.
Contact us if you need any further information. We look forward to working with you on your compliance journey.