Peppol (Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine) was the result of an international project with the aim of standardising public procurement and tender procedures within the European Union and worldwide. The organisation OpenPEPPOL AISBL, a non-profit organisation under Belgian law, headquartered in Brussels, is behind Peppol.
The core of Peppol’s vision is the creation of an overall interoperability of the various systems. This means that every company in a country with management in the same, or a different, country can handle all procurement and tendering procedures electronically. For this purpose, Peppol provides a network for transmitting data (the Peppol eDelivery Network) and specifications for the documents to be submitted (Peppol Business Interoperability Specifications [BIS]). The biggest advantage of this organisation is the comprehensive, electronic, seamless and automated exchange of documents. It is also possible to mass import documents automatically via Peppol.
The Peppol network is used by the ZRE invoice submission platform for the direct Federal Administration, and OZG-RE for the indirect Federal Administration, as well as by cooperating countries, to enable suppliers, as invoice senders, to send e-invoices automatically.
In terms of technology, Peppol is based on the “4-corner model”.
For more information about Peppol, see the Peppol website.