Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €10.5 million to improve digital infrastructures

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: May 12, 2016

The European Commission launched today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom Programme, earmarking €10.5 million of EU funding for the deployment of broadband networks and European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Interested applicants from all EU Member States as well as Iceland and Norway may submit proposals.

The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the four areas below.

Areas covered by CEF Telecom call for proposals
The current CEF Telecom call (CEF-TC-2016-2) invites proposals to undertake actions contributing to the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures in four different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget:

  • eDelivery:  allowing for the secured, traceable cross-border transmission of electronic documents - €0.5 million
  • eIdentification & eSignature: enabling cross-border recognition and validation of eIDs and electronic signatures in line with the eIDAS (electronic Identification and trust services) Regulation - €4.5 million
  • European e-Justice Portal: providing information and services in the judicial area - €2 million
  • Public Open Data: generating value through re-use of public sector information -€3.5 million


A Virtual Info Day providing information on the call and application process will take place on 3 June.


This call is the second one under the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme. The first call, which targeted Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and eProcurement was launched on 3 March 2016 and will remain open until 19 May. A third call is planned to be launched in September this year. Overall in 2016 CEF Telecom will provide up to €70 million funding through grants.

How to apply?
Applicants should submit their proposal through the link on the individual 2016 CEF Telecom Calls webpages.  The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 September 2016.

When will the grants be awarded?
The evaluation of the proposals is expected to start in September 2016. The results of the evaluation and the decision on allocation of the grants are planned to be announced in February 2017.

Who is the contact point for this call?
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.


Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu to stay informed about the latest call developments. A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions about the calls.


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 vision is to create European networks of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice.

CEF 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 the 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.