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Subject: Northern European support for UBL 2.0 approval

Statement of support for UBL 2.0 from the steering group for the Northern
European Subset of UBL (NES)

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and the United Kingdom have formed
a collaboration in order to support domestic and cross border electronic
trade. The aim is to simplify the use of eProcurement for buyers and
suppliers, especially within SMEs.

The participating countries see an urgent need for an open XML based standard
covering the entire procurement process from catalogue to invoice. Such a
standard is a prerequisite to harvest the benefits of a full electronic
procurement cycle. 

We recognize the value of the UBL TC work in providing a practical and
pragmatic specification with the recent publication of UBL 2.0. UBL 2.0 is
seen as a standard that allows us to harvest the benefits of implementing
electronic procurement today. Thus the steering group of NES very much
encourages the OASIS members to approve UBL 2.0 in the ongoing ballot. 

Members of NES have concrete plans for live implementation of UBL 2.0.
ERP-vendors have already begun work to implement the standard in their
systems and pilot testing has started.

On behalf of the NES Steering group 

Helle Schade-Sørensen 
Direct +45 3337 9282 
E-mail: hss@itst.dk 


Mikkel Hippe Brun 
Direct: +45 3337 9220
E-mail: mhb@itst.dk 

National IT and Telecom Agency
Data Standardization Office
Holsteinsgade 63
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Telefon: +45 3545 0000
Fax: +45 3545 0010
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<fesd:FESDpacket xmlns:fesd="http://rep.oio.dk/fesd.dk/xml/schemas/2004/05/"; xmlns:dkfm="http://rep.oio.dk/dkfm.dk/xml/schemas/2002/07/"; xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"; xmlns:dcterms="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"; xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"; xsi:schemaLocation="http://rep.oio.dk/fesd.dk/xml/schemas/2004/05/&#xA;                      http://rep.oio.dk/fesd.dk/xml/schemas/2004/05/FESDpacket.xsd";>

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