The Norwegian public sector has become increasingly digitized in the last few years. The digitization is a result of several different initiatives by the government, ministries and other authorities. The development is moving forward very quickly, which naturally effects our industry in a positive way.
- For all contracts signed with the public sector in Norway after July 1st 2012, it is a legal requirement to send e-invoices in the EHF format.
- From January 1st 2015, the same requirement applies to all suppliers to municipalities in Norway.
The Norwegian public sector has chosen to communicate through the PEPPOL network and in 2015, approximately 21 million electronic invoices were exchanged via PEPPOL Norway. The number of recipients that are connected to the network increases with more than 50 companies per day.
The Norwegian PEPPOL authority Difi (Direktoratet for forvaltning of IKT) is one of the organisations that help pushing the development forward in Norway. Their work is based on their digitization programme that was launched in 2012. Difi states that the programme “aims to place Norway at the forefront internationally when it comes to the digitization of government and authority processes. In order to evaluate if Norway reaches this goal, we follow closely what is happening both in our own country and on the global arena.”
The Norwegian Customs (Tollvesendet), the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartmentet) and projects managed directly by the Norwegian government, are other examples of organizations that are following the development on the Norwegian market and pushing it forward. The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon) guide for public procurement “Det gode innkjøp” from 2009 also pushes the development and also what happens within OpenPEPPOL, the authority that manages the PEPPOL network.
- In the future, the access points in Norway will be required to offer more features such as receipt handing, encryption, electronic signatures etc. Suppliers to the public sector will also be required to be able to handle electronic order messages starting in 2017-2018.
Pagero is actively following the development in Norway to always be able to offer our Norwegian customers a complete access point service for communicating with the Norwegian public sector.
However, to be able to offer a service that is as comprehensive as possible that can fulfil all local requirements and business regulations, it is important to not just watch the development within the public sector (B2G), but to also in the private sector (B2B). Pagero is an active member of the industry forum Samtraffik.no, whose members generate more than 90 % of the total amount of electronic messaging traffic within the Norwegian private sector. The number of invoices sent in-between the members of Samtraffik.no in 2012 amounted to 139 million invoices.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information about how we can help you streamline your invoice management processes to reach both the Norwegian private and public sectors.
VP Partner & Alliances
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