The 2015 CEF Telecom eInvoicing call makes an indicative €7 million of funding available for proposals in this area.
The general context for this call for proposals is defined in Section 2.1 of the 2015 work programme as published on the call page on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) website.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
The background and rationale for this call for proposals are defined in the Section 188.8.131.52 of the 2015 work programme.
The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 184.108.40.206 of the 2015 work programme. To promote the uptake and speed up the use of the eInvoicing DSI (Digital Service Infrastructure) amongst both public and private entities established in the EU and EEA countries participating in the CEF Telecom programme, generic services will be supported through grants under the 2015 budget with the purpose of putting solutions for the exchange of electronic invoices (eInvoices) in place. The appropriate technical solutions and organisational set up must be put in place to ensure that in particular regional and local authorities can exchange eInvoices with economic operators at an affordable cost. To foster interoperability between Member States, preference will be given to solutions that are already on the market and which allow cross-border exchanges of eInvoices. The preferred solutions should be based on existing technical specifications developed within the framework of European standardisation organisations such as CEN (CWA 16356-CEN MUG and CWA 16562- CEN BII) and take into account the results of large-scale pilot projects like PEPPOL3 implemented within the framework of the Policy Support Programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Moreover, other solutions which are based on European or international standards in the domain of eInvoicing may also be considered, provided that they envisage compliance with the European standard (EN) on electronic invoicing.
The deployment of eDelivery Access Points is not covered by this call. The deployment of eDelivery Access Points is funded by the CEF Telecom eDelivery call (CEF-TC- 2015-1).
RESULTS EXPECTED FROM THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The benefits and expected outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 220.127.116.11 of the 2015 work programme. The objective is to increase uptake and use of the eInvoicing DSI by supporting authorities - especially at the regional and local levels - in meeting the requirements of the new eInvoicing Directive.
The indicative amount to be allocated on the basis of this call for proposals to projects of common interest in the field of trans-European telecommunications for eInvoicing is €7 million.
Date of publication of call for proposal
30 October 2015
Deadline for the submission of proposals
19 January 2016 (17.00 Brussels time)
Evaluation of proposals
January-April 2016 (indicative)
Consultation of the CEF Committee
May 2016 (indicative)
Adoption of the Selection Decision
May 2016 (indicative)
Preparation and signature of grant agreements
As of May 2016 (indicative)