Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: EU invests over €27 million to further improve European digital services

Creation date: November 6, 2017

The evaluation of the first 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-1) has concluded and 33 projects in the areas of Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), eIdentification (eID) & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and European e-Justice Portal 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 21 EU Member States plus Norway (EEA country).

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 €1.04 billion (2014-2020).

The outcome of the first 2017 CEF Telecom call can be found below:

- Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS): Over €620,000 will be granted to four proposals with applicants from four EU Member States, supporting efficient interconnection of  all EU business registers in order to facilitate access to EU-wide company information;

- eIdentification & eSignature: the 13 selected proposals receiving over €7.4 million in funding and including applicants from 13 EU Member States and Norway, will enable cross-border recognition and validation of eIDs and electronic signatures in line with the eIDAS (electronic identification and trust services) Regulation. Three actions will specifically support the use of nationally-issued eID for student authentication across borders;

- Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI): 12 proposals worth almost €18.5 million with applicants from 12 EU Member States have been selected to improve  cross-border communication between national social security organisations in Europe;

- European e-Justice Portal: Four proposals have been selected for funding aiming at providing online information and services in the judicial area, contributing to the creation of a single European area of justice. Applicants are from four EU Member States and the total funding granted is just over €1.1 million.

The list of projects selected for funding and rejected proposals is available here:

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (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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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.
  • 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

CEF Telecom 2017 call for proposals

CEF Telecom 2017-1 results

Commission Implementing Decision