Although the European Digital Agenda, launched in 2010, has made a real impact in accelerating e-business processes, some countries have fallen well behind others within the EU – especially in areas including e-invoicing.
According to new statistics from the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, the UK trails its EU neighbours, sending and receiving 74% fewer e-invoices than the Union-wide average. Furthermore, the UK is also 33% below the EU average for implementing electronic supply chain management systems, and use of e-procurement services is 14% below the average.
This is despite an improvement of over 60% in some cases, since 2009. With the huge efficiencies possible through e-invoicing and e-business – the European Commission has set a target that by 2020 all invoices sent in Europe will be electronic, which would save €240bn within six years – it’s certainly time that some countries caught up!