Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

In addition to grants, the CEF offers financial support to projects through innovative financial instruments such as guarantees and project bonds. These instruments create significant leverage in their use of EU budget and act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors.

Since January 2014, INEA is your gateway to funding under the CEF. INEA implements most of the CEF programme budget, in total €27.4 billion out of €30.4 billion (€22.4 billion for Transport, €4.7 billion for Energy, and €0.3 billion for Telecom).

The CEF is divided into three sectors:



European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)
Are you a project promoter based in the EU, and want to reach potential investors worldwide? Register your project in the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) and boost its visibility to a large network of international investors! 



Open CEF calls

Call Call publication Call deadline
2017 CEF Transport Blending Call 8 February 2017 Multiple
2017-1 CEF Telecom call (Business Registers Interconnection System - BRIS, eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information - EESSI and European e-Justice Portal) 17 February 2017 18 May 2017


Forthcoming CEF calls

Call Call publication Call deadline
No scheduled calls at the moment    
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CEF Blending call: experts wanted to assess financial readiness

INEA is looking for new experts to assess the financial readiness of project proposals submitted for the CEF Blending call. If you are an experienced finance specialist with relevant expertise, sign up to the European Commission's expert database by 20 May 2017! 

Take a look at more information on the requirements for the expertise and the employment conditions.

You can also sign up as an independent expert for the general evaluation of the call. 


Closed CEF calls

Call Call publication  Call deadline
2016 CEF Transport Calls 13 October 2016 7 February 2017
2016 CEF Telecom Call 3 (Automated Translation, Cyber Security, eInvoicing, Europeana) 20 September 2016 15 December 2016
2016 CEF Synergy: Transport and Energy 28 September 2016 13 December 2016
2016 CEF Energy Call 2 30 June 2016 8 November 2016
2016 CEF Telecom Call 4 (Safer Internet) 20 September 2016 18 October 2016
2016 CEF Telecom Call 2 (eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European e-Justice Portal & Public Open Data) 12 May 2016 15 September 2016
2016 CEF Telecom call 1 (Business Registers Interconnection System - BRIS, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information - EESSI, eProcurement) 3 March 2016 19 May 2016
2016 CEF Energy call 1 18 March 2016 28 April 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 2 (eProcurement, eHealth, eID and eSignature, Online Dispute Resolution) 17 November 2015 15 March 2016
CEF Transport 5 November 2015 16 February 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 1 (eInvoicing) 30 October 2015 11 February 2016
2015 CEF Telecom call 1 (eDelivery, Public Open Data, Safer Internet, Europeana) 30 October 2015 19 January 2016

2015 CEF Energy - (second call)

30 June 2015

14 October 2015

CEF Telecom - Electronic Identification and authentication (2014 call)

17 March 2015 2 June 2015 

2015 CEF Energy - (first call)

4 March 2015  29 April 2015 
CEF Transport 11 September 2014

3 March 2015

CEF Telecom (Europeana) 30 April 2014 23 September 2014
CEF Telecom (Safer Internet) 30 April 2014 27 August 2014 
2014 CEF Energy 5 May 2014 19 August 2014