OpusCapita’s Ahti Allikas joins European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on E-Invoicing
November 20, 2017
OpusCapita’s e-invoicing expert Ahti Allikas has been nominated as a member of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on E-Invoicing (EMSFEI). Allikas, who has been active in the e-invoicing industry since the year 2000, currently works as Head of Partners and Networks at OpusCapita and is responsible for the development of the e-invoicing ecosystem. He joins EMSFEI as Estonia’s representative.
The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing brings together stakeholders from national e-invoicing forums. Its objective is to help pave the way for broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing both at national and EU-level. The Forum may also issue recommendations to the European Commission.
“The EMS Forum on e-invoicing is a good chance to exchange best practices and experience across European borders. Ensuring seamless, common interoperability of e-invoicing networks between different countries and industry sectors is crucial to achieving widespread growth in e-invoicing. Active participation in forums like this provides the possibility to influence the future development and promote the cause,” says Ahti Allikas.
Allikas also serves as OpusCapita’s representative in the OpenPEPPOL Association, which is the organization responsible for developing the PEPPOL network for cross-border electronic procurement and invoicing in Europe. Additionally, he is a member of the executive committee of the European E-invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA).
According to Allikas, the most topical issues for Europe at the moment are the legislation that takes effect in 2018 and mandates public sector to migrate into more electronic processes in procurement and invoicing, and the implementation of the European norm that issues new standards to electronic invoices on an EU-level.
“We now have a common norm in Europe, but there is a concern that different countries will implement it a bit differently. We do not want to end up in a situation where a supplier for the public sector, for instance, would still need to comply with 28 different country-specific rules. The sought-after simplicity of electronic invoicing would then be lost.”
“Estonia and the Nordic region have been the forerunners in electronic invoicing. We need to use that experience proactively to influence the development on the market for the good of the companies, and to overcome the challenges in Europe together,” says Ahti Allikas.
EESPA report shows an increase of 29% in e-invoicing on previous year’s volumes. But is it enough? Read Ahti Allikas’ blog post to find out!