Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: over €11 million in EU funding to boost secure and efficient online services across Europe

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: March 14, 2017

The evaluation of the second and fourth 2016 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2016-2 and CEF-TC-2016-4) has concluded and 24 projects in the areas of eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European e-Justice Portal, Public Open Data 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 20 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland.

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that will deploy Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) across the EU. These actions will contribute to enhancing networked cross-border services, to improving the daily lives of citizens, businesses and public administrations and to the development of a Digital Single Market

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

  • eDelivery: over €1.5 million will be granted to 6 proposals with applicants from 8 EU Member States, Norway and Iceland to allow public administrations or private sector entities to share information and services electronically in a secure manner;
  •    eIdentification & eSignature: the 5 selected proposals receiving almost €3 million in funding and with applicants from 7 EU Member States, Norway and Iceland will enable cross-border recognition and validation of eIDs and electronic signatures in line with the eIDAS (electronic Identification and trust services) Regulation;
  •    European e-Justice Portal: 7 proposals worth over €3 million with applicants from 10 EU Member States have been selected to improve the access for citizens and businesses to eJustice services throughout the EU thanks to the use of information and communication technologies;
  • Public Open Data: 5 proposals worth over €2.7 million with applicants from 9 EU Member States and Norway have been selected to facilitate access to and re-use of public sector information generating value in the process.

Under the fourth 2016 CEF Telecom callSafer Internet, one proposal aimed at ensuring the continued running of a Safer Internet Centre in Ireland worth over €770.000 has been selected for funding.

The list of projects selected for funding is available here (2016-2) and here (2016-4)

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 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 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 2016-2 List of selected proposals

CEF Telecom 2016-4 List of selected proposals

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2016 CEF Telecom call