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EESPA celebrates its birthday and achievements

by Gary Benson 23. November 2012 04:08 AM

The European e-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA) held its second annual general meeting in Brussels yesterday. As OB10 is one of the founders, I joined the session with Luke McKeever, CEO, and Charles Bryant, EESPA Deputy Chair and advisor to OB10.

EESPA now has over 50 members and has achieved a lot in its first year. Some of the highlights have included:

  • Gaining representation at the European Commission’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-Invoicing. EESPA is providing the practitioner expertise to progress the B2B e-Invoicing agenda
  • Harmonising the way competitive service providers interoperate to the benefit of both suppliers and buyers
  • Helping the local, in-country advocacy groups understand the huge benefits of promoting the removal of paper from the invoicing processes

At the AGM, Luke was part of a CEO panel with Certipost, Basware and Cegedim answering questions from the 50-strong audience on where the industry is going and what we need to do as service providers to bring even more value to our customers.

Talking about EESPA, Luke said, “This is the first time I have attended an EESPA meeting and I have been impressed by the genuine spirit of collaboration between the competitors that form the body of the association. There is no doubt that the membership is determined to bring a high-quality, compliant service to the rapidly growing market.”

EESPA, which has been superbly established and organised by Charles, has had a great first year having achieved all its objectives. I look forward to the next 12 months when I expect collaboration among the membership will have a significant impact on this dynamic industry.


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