100Â 000 businessesÂ have sent electronic invoicesÂ to the public sector via the Danish national open eBusiness framework 'NemHandel' (Easy Trade, in English) in December 2010, which is approximately one third of all active Danish companies.
All Danish public authorities and institutionsÂ have the capabilities toÂ receive NemHandel invoices, and during December 2010 alone the public sector received more than 300Â 000 electronic invoices throughÂ theÂ NemHandel infrastructureÂ from private businesses (suppliers of goods and services). Furthermore, more than 2Â 300 new business users registered and used NemHandel for the first time.
NemHandel is a Danish eBusiness technology, which makes electronic invoicing as easy as sending an email. It allows businesses to send standardised electronic invoices directly from their PCs via the Internet in a secure and reliable way.
As NemHandel is based on open standards and open source components, any IT vendor or IT service provider may freely incorporate the technology into their commercial products and connect to the open infrastructure. This ensures dissemination and rapidly builds enough momentum to make NemHandel viable.Â
Building on extensive hands-on experienceÂ gained throughÂ the development, implementation and dissemination of NemHandel, Denmark is an active participant in the European Commission's large-scale pilot project PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online). PEPPOL aims to establish a sharedÂ open eBusiness infrastructure to connect national infrastructures across the European Union.Â