Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

CEF Telecom: Over €25 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: April 26, 2018

The evaluation of the third 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-3) has concluded and 30 projects in the areas of eInvoicing, eTranslation, Europeana and Public Open Data 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 26 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 third 2017 CEF Telecom call can be found below:

- eInvoicing: over €8.5 million will be granted to 10 proposals with applicants from 13 EU Member States plus Norway, to support the use of eInvoicing complying with the European standard amongst both public and private entities;

- eTranslation: the 5 selected proposals will receive over €4.7 million in funding and include applicants from 14 EU Member States to improve the quality and coverage of eTranslation, thereby facilitating cross-border information exchange;

- Europeana: 8 proposals will be granted €3.8 million with applicants from 18 EU Member States to enhance accessibility of digital resources of European heritage;

- Public Open Data: 7 proposals have been selected aiming at helping Member States  achieve a new generation of cross-border and intelligent services for citizens and enterprises, as well as supporting decision-making for public authorities, through the use of High Performance Computers. Applicants are from 9 EU Member States and the total funding granted is €8.4 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

Commission Implementing Decision

CEF Telecom 2017-3 results