EESPA's Model Interoperability Agreement has arrived
When the European e-Invoicing Service Providers’ Association (EESPA) was formed, among its high-level objectives was the promotion of an interoperable eco-system. Fourteen months later, the organisation has taken a significant step towards achieving this aim with the launch of the Model Interoperability Agreement (MIA), and we're proud to be part of it.
The MIA is a standardised, bilateral agreement for exchanging invoices between two e-Invoicing service providers. Developed by the association’s working group on interoperability, led by Tim Cole, the agreement has been blessed by the EESPA members’ legal counsel, which includes our own Head of Legal, Sam Sears.
It’s a major achievement to get consensus from members representing companies from across the spectrum of invoice automation service providers. In the recent announcement, EESPA’s Chair, Esa Tihilä, says, “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.”
We're not letting any dust settle on the MIA. We’re using it for an interoperation partnership that is under discussion at the moment. I hope to share more information on how it has worked for us in the near future.
In the meantime, congratulations, EESPA - this is a great achievement!