Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

The EU invests €27 million 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: June 22, 2016

The first 2015 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2015-1) has concluded and 41 projects in the areas of eDelivery, eInvoicing, Public Open Data and Safer Internet have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The €27 million investment comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the sector of telecommunications.


CEF Telecom funding includes support to projects of common interest, and building missing links between digital service infrastructures. It will contribute to increasing interoperability, connectivity and deployment of the trans-European digital infrastructure. It will also support the flow of public and private investment towards mature solutions, improving the daily lives of citizens, businesses and administrations and contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.


The results of the first CEF Telecom call 2015 are as follows:


- eDelivery: 3 projects have been approved for funding with over €1.2 million aiming at fostering the electronic delivery of documents among both public and private entities

- eInvoicing: the 8 projects retained with over €4.4 million granted, will support the implementation of electronic invoicing between public administrations and the private sector and will create new business opportunities for enterprises - especially cross-border

- Public Open Data Generic Services: the 2 projects selected, that will receive over €923,000 in funding, will help boost the development of information products and services based on the re-use and combination of public open data across the EU

- Safer Internet: 28 projects worth almost €20.5 million will deploy services that help make the Internet a trusted environment for children.


The list of projects selected for funding is available here.


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 on the call for proposals.


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.


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 the online dispute resolution.


The list of digital services supported by CEF is available in the Annex of the Telecom Regulation.


More information

2015 CEF Telecom call

2015 CEF Telecom Work Programme

CEF Telecom