The European E-invoicing Service Providers Association has agreed its Model Interoperability Agreement (MIA), which will facilitate the exchange of invoices through a network of interconnected eTrading hubs operated by different service providers. It supports a number of legal compliance frameworks such as digital signatures, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and business controls, and creates a harmonised environment based on standards.

The MIA is the result of collaboration between many members, co-ordinated by an Interoperability Working Group led by Tim Cole, Executive Vice President for Strategy with Causeway. He recalled:

“We started with a form of document from the European Standards organization CEN and worked through it line by line to make it ‘fit for purpose’. In crafting these two documents we took practical input from all of our members.”

EESPA Chair, Esa Tihilä, added:

“I am so pleased that we have been able to secure such a broad agreement within such a diverse membership. I believe it will accelerate the adoption of e-invoicing, throughout Europe and beyond. Trading partners can be assured that their information will be transmitted promptly, in the right format and with the necessary quality to meet compliance requirements.”
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