Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Over €71 million requested for CEF Energy projects

Creation date: April 27, 2018

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has received 15 proposals by the 26 April deadline for the 2018-1 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy call requesting over €71 million in total EU funding. The total available budget for the call is €200 million. Evaluation of the proposals with the help of external experts will start end of May.

The 2018-1 CEF Energy call closed yesterday 26 April 2018 with INEA receiving a total of 15 proposals in the areas of electricity, smart grids, gas and cross-border carbon dioxide networks infrastructures (breakdown below).

Admissibility and eligibility of the proposals will now be checked and the proposals will then be evaluated against the specific award criteria of the call. The entire evaluation process, which will involve external experts, is expected to be concluded by August 2018, when the final results will be announced.


Proposals received

Requested budget

Available budget



€1,7 million



€200 million

Electricity 7 €24,8 million

Smart Grids


€1,2 million

Gas 5 €43,6 million



€71,3 million


The selected proposals will contribute to:

  • Ending energy isolation
  • Increasing competitiveness by promoting the integration on the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders
  • Enhancing the Union's security of supply
  • Integrating energy from renewable sources and developing smart energy networks
  • Eliminating energy bottlenecks
  • Completion of the internal energy market
  • Contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, inter alia by the integration of energy from renewable sources and by the development of smart energy networks and cross-border carbon dioxide networks

The call opened for submission on 19 March 2018.

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