Ireland looks towards PEPPOL as a long-term investment
The Europe 2020 strategy stands for ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. Many European Large Scale Pilots have incorporated these aspects into the development of their projects, but few have seen the level of success than that of the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project.
A number of governments and contracting authorities have already demonstrated their commitment to the long-term sustainability of PEPPOL, reflected in their role in setting up the OpenPEPPOL Association.
This entity, operational from September 2012, has taken responsibility for the activities previously carried out by the consortium members, moving PEPPOL from a large scale pilot project, towards market driven adoption – thus strengthening its sustainability.
As of the end of 2012, this ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’ approach resulted in PEPPOL being successfully implemented in 12 European countries, with 57 PEPPOL Access Points having been established.
One such Member State aware of the long-term benefits of PEPPOL is Ireland who have implemented a pilot project and plan to mandate the use of e-invoicing for all public sector authorities through PEPPOL by 2016.