The new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF2 Digital) aims to underpin investments in very high capacity and 5G-ready fixed and mobile infrastructure to homes, schools and hospitals, highways and local communities, by investing €3 bln in EU funds for strategic digital infrastructure projects.The Commission proposes to invest €3 bln in EU funds for strategic digital infrastructure projects under CEF2.

Study Workshop: Future EU funding for the Gigabit society

In order to support the development of its CEF2 Digital programme, the Commission has tasked a consortium led by Ecorys to prepare a study to analyse potential market failures in digital infrastructures, assess which players could benefit from EU subsidies, and how funding schemes could be structured and combined with funding and financing from other public and private sources in order to maximise the benefits for the European economy and society.

The project team presented their preliminary results of the study at the workshop and gathered feedback. The Commission published the study in February 2020.

Already on December 6th the Commission published a CEF2 Digital non paper to stimulate further the ongoing discussions and exchanges of ideas on the future implementation of the programme.The European Commission also provided an overview of the results of the ongoing public consultation on CEF2 Digital.