CEF Fund

CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone. 

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

In addition to grants, the CEF offers financial support to projects through innovative financial instruments such as guarantees and project bonds. These instruments create significant leverage in their use of EU budget and act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors.

Since January 2014, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is your gateway to funding under the CEF. INEA implements most of the CEF programme budget, in total €27.4 billion out of €30.4 billion (€22.4 billion for Transport, €4.7 billion for Energy, and €0.3 billion for Telecom).

The CEF is divided into three sectors:

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania is the institution, responsible for CEF Transport and Telecom sectors.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.


TEN-T policy objectives foresee:

  • Completion by 2030 of the Core Network, structured around nine multimodal Core Network Corridors.
  • completion by 2050 of the Comprehensive Network in order to facilitate accessibility to all European regions


CEF Transport focuses on cross-border projects and projects aiming at removing bottlenecks or bridging missing links in various sections of the Core Network and on the Comprehensive Network (link), as well as for horizontal priorities such as traffic management systems.  
CEF Transport also supports innovation in the transport system in order to improve the use of infrastructure, reduce the environmental impact of transport, enhance energy efficiency and increase safety.
The total budget for CEF Transport is €24.05 billion for the the period 2014-2020. INEA is responsible for implementing €22.4 of the CEF Transport budget in the forms of grants during the same period.

CEF TELECOM

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) in Telecom is a key EU instrument to facilitate cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens, by deploying digital service infrastructures (DSIs) and broadband networks. Supported projects will contribute to the creation of a European ecosystem of interoperable and interconnected digital services that sustain the Digital Single Market.

A €1.04 billion budget is earmarked for trans-European digital services for 2014-2020.

INEA is responsible for implementing an estimated €300 million of the CEF Telecom budget in the form of grants during the same period.

 

2016 CEF TELECOM CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

INEA launched first 2016 CEF Telecom Calls on 3 March 2016 with a total budget of €32 million. The deadline to apply is 19 May 2016.

Up to €70 million is foreseen from the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme for grants managed by INEA in the area of Generic Services.

The grants under CEF Telecom will help European public administrations and businesses to hook up to the core platforms of the digital services that are the object of the calls (see list below).

CEF-TC-2016-1 Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS) - (indicative budget: €3 million).

CEF-TC-2016-1 Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) - (indicative budget: €24.5 million).

CEF-TC-2016-1 eProcurement - (indicative budget: €4.5 million).

More information about calls for proposals, documentation, application forms can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-telecom

Last updated: 05-04-2016