Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: Almost €10.5 million EU investment to boost European digital networks

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: February 27, 2019

17 projects in the areas of Automated Translation, eDelivery and eInvoicing 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 18 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland (EEA countries).

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. CEF Telecom has an overall budget of €1.04 billion (2014-2020).

What projects will be funded?

The list of projects selected for funding includes:

-Automated Translation: €4.3 million will be granted to 5 proposals with applicants from 10 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland, to lower language barriers in Europe and increase the efficiency of its public sector translation services; 

-eDelivery: the 3 selected proposals, receiving over €600 000 in funding and including applicants from 9 EU Member States, will support the secure and reliable exchange of data and documents amongst administrations, business, and citizens;

-eInvoicing: 9 proposals worth almost €5.5 million, with applicants from 14 EU Member States plus Iceland, have been selected to support the implementation of the European Standard on eInvoicing (EN), allowing electronic invoices to flow seamlessly across the EU.

Next steps
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) will now begin the preparation of the individual grant agreements with the successful beneficiaries. 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.

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About Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs)
•    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 objective is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.
•    The CEF programme 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 more complex services.
•    Building blocks supported include: eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and eTranslation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.
•    Other digital services being supported include areas such as Safer Internet, Cybersecurity, eHealth and Online Dispute Resolution.
•    The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex to the Telecom Regulation.

More information
CEF Telecom 2018 call for proposals
Commission Implementing Decision
CEF Telecom 2018-2 results
CEF Telecom brochure with supported actions until November 2018