Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€31 million to improve cross-border digital services

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: December 14, 2020

The evaluation of the first 2020 CEF Telecom call for proposals has concluded and 79 projects in the areas of Automated Translation, Blockchain, eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs, Europeana and Safer Internet have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the telecommunications sector. The successful projects include participation of entities from 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom.

CEF Telecom funding is dedicated to Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) delivering networked cross-border services for citizens, businesses and public administrations. Supported projects will contribute to improving the competitiveness of the European economy, promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national, regional and local networks and access to these networks, thus supporting the development of a Digital Single Market. CEF Telecom has an overall budget of over €1.04 billion (2014-2020).

The outcome of the first 2020 CEF Telecom call for proposals can be found below:

    Automated Translation – €3.5 million will be granted to 5 proposals with organisations from 14 EU Member States and one EEA country to provide solutions to make European digital services multilingual;
    Blockchain – the 19 selected proposals from 19 Member States will be granted over €2.7 million to pilot  the use of blockchain technology for the cross-border digital public services;
    eDelivery – 3 proposals with applicants from 8 Member States will be granted €800,000  to enable public administrations and private entities to exchange electronic data and documents with other public administrations, business and citizens, in a secure, reliable and trusted way;
    eIdentification & eSignature –  the 14 selected proposals with the beneficiaries from 14 EU Member States will receive  over €1.7 million in funding to enable the cross-border authentication of eIDs and the uptake of electronic signatures;
    European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs – €6.5 million will be granted to 4 proposals from 11 Member States to design and implement specialised Master programmes in Artificial Intelligence;
    Europeana – 5 proposals from 18 Member States will receive almost €4.3 million to increase the amount of reusable high quality data accessible through Europeana and broaden the awareness and usage of the Europeana cultural heritage platform;
    Safer Internet – 29  proposals with applicants from 26 Member States, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom will be granted approximately €11.4 million to empower and protecting children and young people online.

The list of projects selected for funding is available here

INEA manages the calls for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation. INEA will now begin the preparation of the individual grant agreements with the successful beneficiaries.

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CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest for the deployment of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) across the EU. These are based on mature technical and organisational solutions to support exchanges and collaboration between citizens, businesses and public authorities. The vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.
CEF supports basic and re-usable digital services, known as building blocks, as well as more complex digital services. The building blocks can be combined with each other and integrated with the more complex services.

The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex of the Telecom Regulation.

More information

CEF Telecom
2020 CEF Telecom call for proposals
Commission Implementing Decision
CEF Telecom supported actions - brochure