EU Initiative: choose paper!
Many good reasons for paper invoices: "keep me posted" is all the rage.
All Europeans have a mailing address, but not everybody has access to the internet at their home. If you are reading this, you live in one of the Austrian households that does have internet access. The percentage is 8 in 10, which is the EU average.
However, in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, more than 40% of households do not have access to the internet, and even in countries such as Italy or Portugal, the number reaches just about 30%. Despite these facts, businesses like sending out e-invoices even in those countries. Yet, it is well known that delivery by mail has many advantages even for households that do have internet access.
It doesn't have to be that way. In Austria, everybody has the right to paper invoices, as stipulated in the Austrian Telecommunications Act. In addition, the Supreme Court has ruled that paper invoices must be free of charge. Austria is setting a good example to follow.
At the European level, many are raising their voices for invoice delivery via traditional mail as well: the "keep me posted" initiative is an association of several interest groups that champions this cause. If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please click here.