The first out of three rounds of 2018 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) calls has been launched to finance projects in the areas of eIdentification and eSignature, Europeana and Safer Internet.

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Out of the EUR 30 million available:

  • €8 million will support eIdentification & eSignature projects to enable the delivery of networked trans-European interoperable services for citizens, businesses and governments.
  • €4 million will be dedicated to ensure a broader access to the European heritage through Europeana platform.
  • €18 million will be used to promote safer Internet service infrastructure for making a better internet for children.

The call is based on the CEF Telecom Work Programme 2018 adopted in February 2018. In the following months, more CEF calls will provide support in the remaining areas of connectivity and digital public services such as cybersecurity, eHealth or the European eJustice Portal.   

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2018 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All proposals have to be submitted by Tuesday May 15 at 17:00.00 Brussels time.

To help stakeholders navigate through the 2018 CEF call specifics and procedures, a virtual Info Day will be held on Thursday March 8. For further details please visit the INEA website


CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that contribute to increasing the interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations, and thereby contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.