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.



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