Belgium makes the move to e-invoicing in cooperation with Basware and Electrabel

18 September 2014

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Basware, the leading provider of e-invoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions, is the first service provider to establish a technical connection to Mercurius, Belgian Federal Government’s unique centralized platform for e-invoicing. The Federal Government received its very first electronic invoice from Electrabel using this connection.

The European Commission wants to turn e-invoicing into the most common form of invoicing by 2020. The Belgian Government endorses the targets set by Europe and has committed itself to reach the goal of 50 % e-invoicing by 2020. To this end, the Federal Government has developed the Mercurius platform, a unique, centralized platform for e-invoicing that is to be linked to all the ERP packages used by the different public services. All electronic invoices that the Belgian government receives through this platform, will also be automatically integrated with Fedcom, the accounting system used by all public services.

To enable companies to send the government electronic invoices, e-invoicing suppliers need to connect to the Mercurius platform. Basware was the first service provider to complete the technical preparations to establish this connection. As a Basware customer, Electrabel was closely involved in the development of this pilot project and got to send the very first electronic invoice to the Federal Public Service for Budget and Management Control.

Pieter Geeraerts, Country Manager for Basware Belgium, explains: "As a market leader for e-invoicing services in the Benelux region, we’re very pleased to have established this connection. The close cooperation between all parties involved was essential to this success. Now that the first e-invoice has been sent, we aim to help more of our clients connect with the system, so the government can receive a maximum number of invoices from suppliers electronically.

Jan De Smet, Head of Customer Service B2C & B2B Electrabel: “60 % of our customers have already opted for one of the different environmentally friendly paperless solutions we offer. They receive invoices electronically, pay by direct debit or use Zoomit. Each of these customer-friendly solutions reduces the administrative burden for our residential, professional and B2B customers. This project involving the Belgian Federal Government is a very concrete example of how we develop projects in cooperation with our customers and how we constantly strive to efficiently optimize our services."

According to the Minister for the Budget and Administrative Simplification, Olivier Chastel, “The success of the e-invoicing is an important step in the simplification and modernization of our public service. It means the government can work more efficiently and ensure a better follow-up and control of expenditure, as well as timely payments to companies.”

 

For more information, please contact:



Basware Belgium

Tel.: +32 53 60 11 11

Email : info.benelux@basware.com



Evi Robignon - LEWIS PR

Tel. : + 32 (0)3 466 01 88

Email : baswarebelgium@lewispr.com



Anne-Sophie Hugé - Electrabel

Tel. : +32 (0)2 518 60 20

Email : press@electrabel.com

Jasper Pillen (NL) – Cabinet Minister Olivier Chastel

Tel.: +32 (0)472 78 89 17

Email: jasper.pillen@chastel.fed.be

Aurélie Czekalski (FR) – Cabinet Minister Olivier Chastel

Tel.: +32 (0)497 43 26 98

Email: aurelie.czekalski@chastel.fed.be

 

About Basware

Basware is the global leader in providing purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing solutions in the world of commerce. We empower companies to unlock value across their financial operations by simplifying and streamlining key financial processes. Our Basware Network, the largest open business network in the world, connects 1 million companies across 100 countries and enables easy collaboration between buyers and suppliers of all sizes. Through this network, leading companies around the world achieve new levels of spend control, efficiency and closer relations with their suppliers. With Basware, businesses can introduce completely new ways of buying and selling to achieve significant cost savings and boost their cash flow. Find out how Basware helps money move more easily and lets commerce flow at www.basware.com.

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About Electrabel

Electrabel is part of the GDF SUEZ Group, a world leader in energy. The company is the market leader in Belgium. It produces electricity and sells electricity, natural gas and energy services to over 2.9 million residential, professional and industrial customers. In Belgium, Electrabel owns 9 000 MW worth of diversified, low carbon facilities, including renewable energy installations, fossil fuel power plants and nuclear power plants. The company is the country’s number one producer of green energy, with a renewable energy capacity of 461 MW.

www.electrabel.be

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