The CEF aims to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It is divided into the three sectors: transport, energy and digital (telecommunications).
The CEF has an overall budget of €29.3 billion to invest, of which, €1 billion is available for digital telecommunications.
Financial assistance will not exceed 75% of eligible costs for actions in the field of generic services and horizontal actions including infrastructure mapping, twinning and technical assistance.
The core service platforms will typically be funded by procurement. In exceptional cases, they may be funded by a grant covering up to 100% of eligible costs, without prejudice to the co-financing principle.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport.
The Connecting Europe Facility - Digital will provide seed funding and technical assistance for broadband infrastructure and services projects.
A majority of the funding available will be used to provide cross-border public services.
Proposals submitted by natural persons are not eligible.
Proposals must be submitted by one or more Member States or by international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.
Where necessary, third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions, however, they may not receive financial assistance except where it is indispensable to achieving the objectives of a given project of common interest.
The internet is becoming the dominant platform for communication, services and business. The availability of high-speed broadband internet and access to digital service infrastructures (DSIs) are the building blocks of a modern Single Market.
Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) are identified in the Telecommunications Guidelines for the deployment of high-speed broadband networks and digital service infrastructures, aimed at improving the competitiveness of the European economy, particularly of small and medium sized enterprises, and promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national networks as well as access to such networks.
Projects that will benefit directly from CEF - Digital will need to demonstrate state-of-the-art technological solutions and represent either innovative business models or highly replicable solutions (including those which successfully combine grants and long term financing).
Funding will be used to facilitate the mobility of citizens and businesses by providing seamless cross-border public services such as eProcurement, eHealth, or Open Data. For broadband, the CEF will only be able to provide seed funding for a limited number of broadband projects, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and limited technical assistance for projects seeking support from CEF or Structural Funds, or both.
Activities will be implemented either via call for tenders of via call for proposals. Further information is available in the 2016 Work programme.
Applications are made in response to Calls for Proposals and are made online through the TENtec eSubmission module.
All parts of the application form (A, B, C and D) must be submitted electronically before the relevant deadline.
Part A of the application form is entered directly in the TENtec eSubmission module, parts B, C, D and their annexes are completed, scanned where applicable and uploaded in the TENtec eSubmission module's "Supporting Documents" section under "Required documents for the application".
Emails or paper copies sent separately are not admissible.