Two CEN e-Invoicing technical publications are made accessible through sponsoring of the European Commission  

On Tuesday 18th December, CEN and the European Commission signed, on an exceptional basis, a Licence Agreement for the sponsored access to two CEN technical publications on e-Invoicing, namely the European Standard EN 16931-1:2017 ‘Electronic Invoicing - Semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice’ and Technical Specification TS 16931-2:2017 - Electronic invoicing - Part 2: ‘List of syntaxes that comply with EN 16931-1’.

Both technical publications have been developed by CEN Technical Committee CEN/TC 434 ‘Electronic e-Invoicing’, under the secretariat of NEN, the Dutch National Standardization Body.

The two deliverables enable cross-border, cross sector and domestic trade in Europe by ensuring interoperability for the electronic invoicing in public procurement.

Additionally, they support the implementation of the Directive 2014/55/EU on “Electronic Invoicing in public procurement” by offering guidance to the users at national level with regard to the essential elements that an electronic invoice shall consider for the purpose of compliance with the relevant legal provisions. Hence, the use of the two CEN publications can offer presumption of conformity with some of the legal requirements of the Directive.

With this exceptional Licence Agreement, and in order to satisfy the identified needs of the stakeholders involved, CEN and the European Commission have agreed on a pre-payment solution to provide public access to the two publications in the European countries covered by the CEN membership. Therefore, users, stakeholders and other implementers will be able to access the two specific deliverables through the CEN member National Standardization Bodies.

Interested users can find a list of the national access points for EN 16931-1:2017 here and for TS 16931-2 here.

In view of the deadline for the implementation of the eInvoicing Directive on 18 April 2019, CEN and its members endeavour to make the deliverables available under the terms of the Licence Agreement in January 2019, in order for interested users to prepare themselves accordingly.














From left to right: Mrs Marzena Rogalska - Director Single Market for Public Administrations – European Commission – DG GROW,
Mrs Irmfried Schwimann - Deputy Director General – European Commission – DG GROW,
Mrs Elena Santiago Cid – Director General CEN and CENELEC


For more information, please contact Mrs Sarah Penny, Director Strategy & Governance.