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Ales Damm, COO of CEZ Bulgaria, in an interview for FOCUS News Agency
FOCUS: Days ago CEZ released information to the media, which
reported that the company plans to introduce an electronic invoicing for
its customers. When and under what conditions would this happen?
Ales Damm: We plan to launch a pilot project in October to
canvass what is the attitude of our clients to this service. Customers
who wish will be able to quit their paper invoice in favor of electronic
one. We have also put a poll on the official website of the company.
Here we must note that the first results of the consultation are fully
in favor of the electronic invoicing.
FOCUS: What part of your customers do you expect to forfeit paper invoices?
Ales Damm: In fact our website has 400,000 visits per month, most
of which are to verify the account payable. With the introduction of
the e-invoicing we will facilitate this part of our customers, giving
them the opportunity to directly receive their bills via email. Thus,
our subscribers will become fully independent of temporary disturbance
associated with traffic on our site. Here, at the moment for example, we
make improvements to the site due to which it is possible to detect
delays in the work of the website, as well as verification of the
monthly bill. Furthermore, clients who choose electronic invoicing will
receive a valid tax document, which they can easily store in their
personal computers or if they want to print. Otherwise, our expectations
are that after launching the pilot project at least 30% of our
subscribers will benefit from the service in the long term, their number
FOCUS: In that case would electronic invoice be a valid accounting document as the paper one?
Ales Damm: Electronic invoice is an electronic document in PDF
format - fully identical to that customers currently receive on paper.
Each electronic invoice will be signed with a special certificate, which
is approved by the state-owned company Information Services. It is
authorized by the State Commission for Communications Regulation to
issue certificates for electronic signature.
FOCUS: There were some criticism to you that the invoices issued
are incomprehensible to subscribers. How would you comment on these
Ales Damm: The content of invoices issued by CEZ is in compliance
with the European Union requirements and the decisions of the Bulgarian
Regulator. Components they contain and their type are approved by the
Regulator. You know that to make the invoice more understandable, we
recently changed its structure and were sending our clients a short
glossary of the invoice, three consecutive months for further
clarification of the components.