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Radiography of the situation of electronic invoicing, in Europe

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As we have already seen, after the latest legislation, the adoption of electronic invoicing is advancing by leaps and bounds both in Spain and in Europe. The European Union has seen in e-invoicing an efficient measure to optimize control and monitoring of the administration, in order to improve the declarations to limit tax fraud, especially the VAT. In 2019, the EU lost 134,000 million euros in VAT revenue, as stated in the European Commission’s 2022 “VAT Gap” report. Among the main causes are bankruptcies, insolvency or information errors in addition to the fraud, which itself costs European countries between 40,000 and 60,000 million euros each year, as stated in the 2016 report “Fight against intra-community VAT fraud”.

One of the main advantages of e-invoicing for European companies is the reduction of administrative burdens as it facilitates the daily tasks of the administration and accounting departments. Through technology, it is possible to automate the sending and receiving of invoices, to reconcile the invoices received with the merchandise received and the purchase orders or to validate the invoices, quickly, free of human errors and with greater efficiency to optimize In this way, the time”, says Diana Salazar, B2B Integration Sales Manager of Generix Group.

In this context, the European Union seeks in electronic invoicing a tool that allows the authorities monitor activity in real timeadopt measures without delay depending on the economic context and standardize the treatment of national and European transactions.

X-ray of electronic invoicing in Spain and the rest of Europe

The obligation to implement electronic invoicing is progressively being extended to B2B transactions. The European Union wants to fight tax fraud, limit the financial losses of the Member States and better control the economic activity of its actors. The Member States of the EU have some flexibility regarding the implementation of electronic invoicing both with public (B2G) and private (B2B) agents. Therefore, not all countries are in the same phase.

Generix Group experts have analyzed what situation are they in the main countries of the European Union in terms of the implementation of electronic invoicing.

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Spain

On September 29, Law 18/2022 on the Creation and Growth of Companies, which registers the obligatory nature of the adoption of electronic invoicing in Spain, was published in the BOE. The standard includes, as a novelty, the issuance of electronic invoices in commercial operations between businessmen, professionals and suppliers. An obligation that extends regardless of the sector in which the activity is carried out.

This legislation is one of the main reforms of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, which seeks to improve relations between companies and suppliers to reduce non-payments and the delinquency rate and which includes a historical demand from Spanish businessmen as it facilitates entrepreneurship and the creation of companies.

This Law includes the obligation to use electronic invoicing and that it will come into force in two phases. On the one hand, companies and the self-employed with an annual turnover of more than 8 million euros will have the obligation to apply this measure within a maximum period of one year from the approval of the regulatory development (from mid-2023). On the other hand, the rest of the companies whose annual turnover is less than 8 million euros will have to apply this measure within a period of two years, that is, in 2025 it will be mandatory for any type of company in Spain, regardless of the size and industry.

Germany

Electronic invoicing is mandatory in the central administration and the Länder of Bremen, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg. For the rest of the federated states, its adoption will be mandatory from 2023. In the private sector, electronic invoicing has been optional since 2011.

Austria

In Austria, electronic invoicing is mandatory for central public administrations, since 2014, federal and municipal public administrations, since 2020, and for their providers. In the private sector, electronic invoicing has been optional since 2013.

France

For the public sector, electronic invoicing has been mandatory in France since 2020 through the Chorus Pro platform. As for the private sector, there is a gradual obligation to issue invoices for VAT-registered companies between July 1, 2024 and on January 1, 2026.

Italy

In Italy, electronic invoicing has been mandatory since 2014 in the public sector and since 2019 for private agents through the SDL platform. In addition, the mandatory use of the electronic purchase order for the public health sector was established.

Portugal

Electronic invoicing is mandatory for public administrations and their suppliers since 2019. The platform used in Portugal is eSPAP (Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administraçao Pública).

For companies, the generalization of electronic invoicing can represent a significant challenge due to its technical and organizational limitations. However, it should be seen above all as a source of opportunities at the national, European and perhaps soon global level, given the numerous benefits it brings at the organizational and administrative level.”, concludes Salazar.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

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  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
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  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
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  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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