Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Nearly €980 million EU funding available for cross-border energy infrastructure

Creation date: March 13, 2020

Following the adoption of the 2020 CEF Energy Work Programme today, the 2020 CEF Energy call for proposals has opened, offering funding to support projects of common interest in the energy sector, in the areas of electricity, gas, smart grids and cross-border carbon dioxide networks.

The European Commission will release €979.6 million of EU funding for supporting energy infrastructure projects of common interest that have significant societal benefits and that ensure greater solidarity among Member States.

Moreover, this call for proposals aims at financing actions contributing to the EU's mid-term and long-term objectives in terms of decarbonisation. Considering that the EU’s Green Deal Communication has further emphasized the key enabling role of energy infrastructure, including cross-border carbon dioxide networks, in the transition to a climate neutral economy, financial assistance provided under this call for proposals should maximise its added value towards decarbonisation.

To be eligible to apply for CEF funding, projects must be designated as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) in the EU’s fourth PCI list. PCIs are considered essential for completing the EU's internal energy market, and are required to have a significant impact on at least two EU countries.

Proposed projects, which can be either studies or works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks and end energy isolation.

The deadline for submitting proposals in the areas of electricity, gas, smart grids and cross-border carbon dioxide networks infrastructures is 27 May 2020. Projects submitted in response to this call will be evaluated between June and September 2020, and the results are expected to be communicated in October 2020.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the 2020 CEF Energy call webpage. All call documents and additional background information are available on the call webpage.

More information on the information day on the 2020 call and application process will be published soon on the call page.

A helpdesk is also available to answer your questions on the call for proposals.

About CEF Energy

The CEF provides EU funding for infrastructure projects, which in the case of energy shall increase competitiveness, enhance the EU's security of energy supply, and contribute to sustainable development and protection of the environment (for example, by maximising the use of renewable energy and smart energy networks). The total grant budget to support energy projects for the 2014-2020 period under the CEF Energy programme is €4.6 billion.

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages CEF Energy 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 & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

More information

2020 CEF Energy call for proposals

Connecting Europe Facility

Projects of Common Interest

Energy infrastructure