Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over the CEF Telecom legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Note on the change from INEA to CINEA on 1 April 2021

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 €1.05 billion budget is earmarked for trans-European networks in the telecommunications sector for 2014-2020.

INEA is responsible for implementing an estimated €400 million of the CEF Telecom budget in the form of grants during the same period. 


INEA is also responsible for the implementation of the WiFi4EU initiativewhich is part of the CEF Telecom work programme.