As a matter of principle the NES project itself is not directly involved in any implementation. Actual implementations and the coordination of implementation in the various markets is defined as the responsibility of the participating countries. Based on local market needs and priorities the participating countries have defined their own strategies for implementation of the NES deliverables.
The public and private sector in Denmark has in partnership developed a Danish implementation of UBL 2.0, named OIOUBL. The Danish implementation is a true subset of UBL 2.0, just as NES is. At content level NES is a subset of OIOUBL. In the Danish implementation, four of the NES profiles have been adopted directly, that is: NESprofiles 1, 5, 7 and 8.
OIOUBL will at invoice level be part of the Danish legislation in the beginning of 2008. Meaning that this format can be used to sent invoices to the public sector, just as is now the case with the current format: OIOXML Electronic Invoice.
From 1st of January 2008, the Danish Parliament has decided that all new public IT solutions in Denmark should make use of the mandatory open standards relevant to the IT solution in question unless there are significant reasons for not complying with these standards. OIOUBL is among the first set of standards to be implemented according to this decision (in relation to electronic orders and catalogues).
Furthermore The Danish Regions have made a decision to use OIOUBL as the only format for doing e-procurement in the future in relation to both orders and catalogues.
Several IT-and ERP-vendors are in the process of implementing OIOUBL, among them are WM-data, Mamut, KMD and EDB-gruppen. Furthermore several SAP users including CSC and the Region of Southern Denmark, have started implementing OIOUBL in their SAP applications.
A catalogue working group within SFTI will be established in end of May 2007.
The NES order will be released as SFTI in autumn 2007.
When the NES orders and catalogues are released as SFTI and the users can make use of the whole order to invoice process next version of Svefaktura ie NES invoice will be released as SFTI.
In Norway there is a process for inclusion of the NES specifications in the national reference catalogue for standards to be used in the public sector (to be concluded in the autumn 2007). When this is in place, the NES specifications will be implemented through the Norwegian Electronic Public Procurement Portal www.ehandel.no
In parallel, there is a process including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Government Administration and Reform for establishing a legal regime for mandatory use of eInvoicing in the public sector (to be concluded in November 2007), where the NES eInvoice specification is a key element. Mandatory use of eInvoicing in the public sector based on NES specifications are foreseen to be realised from 2009, and mandatory use of the remaining NES deliverables will follow when this has become a success.
In Iceland a cooperation between industry and government has developed guidelines for implementing UBL-NES, without any localization or modification. Also, the ministry of finance has announced that UBL-NES is a recommended standard for eInvoices in Iceland. At the moment the ministry is looking into the possibility of making UBL-NES mandatory in trade with the government, by 2009 or 2010.
In 2007 the Financial Management Authority is implementing UBL-NES in it’s financial system, based on Oracle EBS. The goal of the project is to enable all government institutes to send and receive invoices in UBL-NES format before the end of 2008. The first invoices will be received before June 2007.
There is also ongoing work to involve software providers in Iceland to provide solutions for the market that enables them to handle documents in UBL-NES format.
In Finland there have been active co-operation between industry and government related to the NES work. The work has been organized by State Treasury and TIEKE.
The government of Finland has included NES in its recent competitions related to eInvoicing and eProcurement. In the call for tenders related to eInvoicing it was said that the service providing companies should be aware that there is NES work going on and that the service providers should be prepared to possible implementation of NES. In the call for tenders related to eProcurement it was said that the service providing companies must be ready to change to usage of NES within the contract period.
The VAN operator companies in Finland have made a common decision about the usage of UBL 2.0 based on NES work when transferring orders, order responses and delivery notes. The VAN operators have already made the usage recommendations and the goal is to have an UBL and NES based network in use by the end of the year 2007.
There is a project going on called UBL/UNeDocs, which is run by TIEKE. The aim is to help SME´s to use eCommerce. The project is using NES results and the future work is also closely related to the NES work.
The wholesaler companies in Finland have made an implementation of UBL 2.0, which is in line with NES work.