What is PEPPOL?
PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) is an EU-managed organisation which facilitates a collective system for e-commerce and electronic documents between enterprises across EU countries.
The PEPPOL network links message distributors together. As a result, companies can send electronic documents to recipients regardless of the message distributors they use.
The project began on 1 May 2008 with 14 public participants from eight countries and a total budget of EUR 19.6 million. The project was extended to include a further four participating countries on 1 November 2009. At the same time, the budget was increased by 11.2 million. The project is managed and coordinated by Norway via the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi).
Opportunities when using PEPPOL
Among other things, the EU wishes to make it easier for companies to get involved in public tendering processes in other countries, and this is why the PEPPOL project has been launched.
Advantages of PEPPOL
PEPPOL now allows small and medium-sized enterprises to offer their goods and services electronically to public and private clients in other EU countries, just as easily as they would in their own countries.
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