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Commission proposes to increase the Connecting Europe Facility funding

Creation date: June 6, 2018

As part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is today proposing to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme with a budget of €42.3 billion to support investments in the European infrastructure networks for transport (€30.6 billion), energy (€8.7 billion) and digital (€3 billion).

This represents a 47% increase compared to 2014-2020, showing the EU's commitment to a well-connected and integrated Union where citizens and businesses can fully benefit from free movement and the single market. For 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to strengthen the environmental dimension of the Connecting Europe Facility, with a target of 60% of its budget contributing to climate objectives. This will help reinforce the Energy-Union, fulfil the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement and consolidate Europe's global leadership in the fight against climate change.

The CEF Transport programme will support smart, sustainable, inclusive, safe and secure mobility, in line with the 'Europe on the Move' proposals and the EU's transport infrastructure policy. Decarbonisation of transport by prioritising environmentally friendly modes (such as rail transport) and the development of charging points for alternative fuels will be some of the priority areas. A stronger emphasis on the modernisation of the EU's transport network is also proposed, notably to make it safer and more secure.

In the energy sector, the new CEF programme will enable the creation of a genuine Energy Union and support the energy transition in line with the objectives of the Clean Energy for all Europeans proposals. This will enable Europe to remain frontrunner in the clean energy transition in line with this Juncker Commission political priority to become the world leader in renewable energy.

The CEF programme will support state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, which lays the foundation for a functioning Digital Single Market. Universal access to reliable, affordable, quality, high and very high capacity networks, as well as digital connectivity infrastructure will be among the programme's priorities.

Read the full proposal for the next CEF programme.