Portugal is unravelling its plans to introduce mandatory e-invoicing from the begin of next year. The Portuguese government has developed A Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administração Públic (eSPap); a platform to service electronic invoicing in public procurement.

Important dates

In preparation to fulfil the requirements imposed by the Directive 2014/55/EU, Portugal will take one step further by making it mandatory for suppliers to public administrations (PA’s) to send invoices exclusively electronically starting from 1st January 2019.

With this, Portugal is ahead of the deadlines set out by the Directive, which are:

  • 24th April 2019 for central PA’s, and
  • 24th April 2020 for regional and local PA’s.

Who is affected by the requirements

  • PA’s have, since 1st January 2018, been required to be able to receive and process e-invoices in a structured format compatible with the European Norm (EN)
    – The Central PA’s via the governmental platform eSPap, and
    – Other PA’s either via eSPap or private service provider of their choice
  • Suppliers will no longer be allowed to send invoices in paper or PDF. Only e-invoices in UBL 2.1, for eSPap, or other EN compatible format upon agreement with the PA or it’s service provider will be allowed.

How Pagero can help you to comply with the requirements

We at Pagero work continuously on expanding our interoperability reach. With a single connection to Pagero’s network, you will be able to reach both eSPap and all major service providers operating in Portugal in a secure and compliant matter.

In order to obtain the most recent information on Pagero’s global reach and interoperability, please, contact Pagero’s sales department or support organisation.