About the programme

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

The CEF is divided into three sectors:

  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Digital

One of the key priorities of CEF is enabling and strengthening the synergies between the three sectors. Actions across sectors may enable costs or results to be optimised through the pooling of financial, technical or human resources, thus enhancing the effectiveness of EU funding.

Programme web site

Sub-programmes

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal

Check the open and upcoming calls for proposal under the Transport & Energy sub-programmes:

See calls for proposal

Calls for proposal

Check the open and upcoming calls for proposal under the Digital sub-programme:

See calls for proposal

Impact and performance

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme features

  • Management mode

    Direct and indirect management

  • Climate contribution

    60% (target)

  • MFF heading

    Single Market, Innovation and Digital

  • Total budget 2021-2027

    € 20.73 billion (current prices)

  • Cluster

    European Strategic Investments

Contact

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