Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: The EU invests more than €26 million to boost secure and efficient online services across Europe

Creation date: October 12, 2016

The first 2016 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2016-1) has concluded and 40 projects in the areas of Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), Electronic Exchange of Social Security (EESSI) and eProcurement have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The €26 million investment comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the field of telecommunications.

CEF Telecom funding includes support to projects of common interest, and building missing links between Digital Service Infrastructures. It will contribute to increasing interoperability, connectivity and deployment of the trans-European digital infrastructure. It will also improve the daily lives of citizens, businesses and administrations, and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market.

The results of the first CEF Telecom call 2016 are as follows:

- Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS),: 8 projects have been approved for funding with over €1,5 million to support the information system which interconnects the central, commercial and company registers in all EU Member States and EEA States

- Electronic Exchange of Social Security (EESSI): the 22 projects retained with almost €19,5 million granted, will improve the cross-border communication between national social security institutions in Europe

- eProcurement: 10 projects have been selected, that will receive over €5 million  in funding, to support the integration and implementation of the European e-tendering solutions


Call area

Proposals recommended for funding

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The list of projects selected for funding is available here

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call 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 conclude individual Grant Agreements with the selected beneficiaries.

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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 so far include: eIdentification, eSignature, eInvoicing, eDelivery, and Automated Translation. Consult the full catalogue of reusable digital services.

More complex digital services being supported include areas such as safer internet, access to reusable public sector information, cyber security, eHealth, and online dispute resolution.

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


More information

2016 CEF Telecom call

2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme

CEF Telecom