The Connecting Europe Facility 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). CEF Synergy calls for proposal will support these synergies.
An indicative budget of €40 million is available for the 2016 Call.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) aims to accelerate investments in field of trans-European networks in transport, energy and telecommunications. Enabling and strengthening the synergies between the three CEF sectors is among its key priorities. Actions across sectors may enable costs or results to be optimised through the pooling of financial, technical or human resources, thus enhancing the effectiveness of EU funding.
CEF Synergy calls for proposal will support these synergies, in particular in areas such as smart energy grids, electric mobility, intelligent and sustainable transport systems, joint rights of way of infrastructure coupling
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.
Actions selected under this Call will support the deployment of sustainable and efficient transport and energy infrastructure by contributing to achieving the following specific objectives:
- Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems, by supporting a transition to innovative low-carbon and energy-efficient transport technologies and systems, while optimising safety.
- Increasing competitiveness by promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders.
- Supporting projects promoting the interconnection of networks in the Member states.
- Removing internal constraints.
- Decreasing energy isolation.
- Increasing the interconnectivity in electricity and achieving price convergence between the energy markets.
The proposed actions shall contribute to projects exploiting existing and future synergies between the TEN-T and TEN-E networks, in areas such as:
- Smart energy grids.
- Joint use of facilities for compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) for energy purposes and for the use of alternative fuels in mobility.
- Electricity transmission systems and their components having the potential to facilitate the integration of electromobility.
- Electricity storage and gas storage facilities connecting to high-voltage electricity transmission lines or to high-pressure gas transmission pipelines, respectively, having the potential to contribute to the supply of energy for use in transport, including the conversion to alternative fuels.
- Intelligent transport systems combined with demand management systems on an electricity smart grid.
- Joint rights of way of transport and energy facilities or infrastructure coupling while ensuring a high-level of cybersecurity where appropriate.
- Preparation of joint permitting procedures, including environmental impact assessments, for transport and energy combined facilities.
- Actions creating benefits in terms of the environmental effects of energy and transport linked to infrastructure facilities.
- Systems to recover pressure-let-down energy at natural gas metering and regulating stations for transport uses.
- Financial engineering studies, including development of cost benefit analyses taking into account synergies.
- Any combination of the above areas particularly with a view of elaborating innovative synergies between transport and energy.