///Croatia mandates B2G e-invoicing as of 1st July 2019

Croatia mandates B2G e-invoicing as of 1st July 2019

2019-01-31T11:38:06+00:00January 30th, 2019|News|

Croatia has become one of the first countries to fulfil the April 2019 deadline of the EU directive 2014/55. Earlier in 2018, the Croatian government sent a bill on electronic invoices in public procurement to the parliament and the decision 94/2018 was published on 17th October 2018.

The timelines of the mandate will be as follows:

  • From 1st December 2018: all contracting authorities are obliged to be able to receive e-invoices
  • From 1st July 2019: all suppliers to contracting authorities are obliged to issue only e-invoices

The Financial Agency (FINA) is a central information intermediary that performs the service of receiving and sending e-invoices and accompanying documents between suppliers and public contracting authorities, in accordance with the European standard (EN). FINA is a PEPPOL access point and will be accepting e-invoices that comply with EN 16931-1, i.e. UBL 2.1 or CII.

The central platform is now ready to accept e-invoices, however not all authorities are connected to FINA, which means that the process of connecting public authorities to the platform will continue into 2019. This shall apply to public and sectoral contracting entities as public purchasers, issuers of electronic accounts in public procurement procedures and to information intermediaries providing e-invoice exchange and accompanying documents in public procurement procedures.

FINA is also capable of sending and receiving B2B e-invoices, as FINA owns two platforms – one for businesses and one for public authorities. In the B2B segment they can only accept UBL 2.1 format according to PEPPOL BIS 3.0. There is no current proposal from the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of making B2B e-invoicing mandatory.

“We see a growing trend of countries adopting PEPPOL, in order to meet the requirements of the eProcurement Directive deadline in April 2019. Croatia is one of the few countries that have an infrastructure in place and ready prior to the deadline”, says Trent Targa, Compliance Manager at Pagero. “Pagero is following the development closely, ready to help businesses meet the requirements and to help send e-invoices to Croatian authorities. Early adopters will not only add value to their operations, but also remain ahead of competitors.“

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