Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

What has the Connecting Europe Facility achieved so far?

Creation date: July 24, 2019

'Investing in European networks. The Connecting Europe Facility - Five years in supporting European infrastructure' presents the key features of the programme, its achievements over the past 5 years and gives a brief outlook on the challenges up to 2020.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a flagship funding programme with a key role in supporting the European Commission’s priorities related to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and the EU’s Europe 2020 Strategy objectives in the area of energy and climate policy. Since its launch in 2013, the CEF has been supporting the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications.

Since the programme started, the European Commission has allocated €26.4 billion for a total investment of more than €55.5 billion in the three sectors. Since 2018, CEF has integrated a new action supporting the connectivity of EU citizens with the WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to provide free public Wi-fi via public sector bodies across all EU Member States and participating EEA countries (Norway and Iceland).

The results presented in the brochure clearly show that CEF continues to deliver on its promises - providing European added-value for the completion of sectorial networks, facilitating synergies between them and leveraging private finance.

Take a look at the online publication for a wealth of data and examples on the achievements in all three CEF sectors.