The evaluation of the last CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2020-2) has concluded, and 85 projects in the areas of Business Register Interconnection System, Cybersecurity, eArchiving, eHealth, eProcurement, European Digital Media Observatory, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs, and Public Open Data have been selected to receive co-funding by the European Union. The funding is enabled by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the telecommunications sector. The successful projects come from the 27 EU Member States, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Research Strategy & Programme Coordination (Unit D.1)
The Commission recently presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy. The EU's ambition is to be digitally sovereign in an open and interconnected world, and to pursue digital policies that empower people and businesses to seize a human centred, sustainable and more prosperous digital future. This includes addressing vulnerabilities and dependencies as well as accelerating investment.
On Monday, the Commission welcomed the political agreement between the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe. Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament and the Council.
Digital transition is a key to Europe’s future prosperity and resilience. As part of the next long-term EU budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Commission has proposed the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.
The Commission welcomes the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on Horizon Europe, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The new EU research and innovation programme will have a budget of around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027 (current prices).
Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world. More than 100 000 attendees are expected to participate in this online event, with 800 speakers and participants from more than 150 countries for 3 full days of networking and business. The European Commission will have a corporate stand at the Web Summit.
The Commission will be represented at the virtually held Web Summit from 2-4 December, which brings together political, industry and societal leaders to discuss the future of the global tech industry. During this event, which usually takes place in Lisbon, the President and nine Vice-Presidents and Commissioners will highlight key EU policies, focusing on upcoming investments to shape Europe’s Digital future for a transition that puts people first.
European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year's format will provide an opportunity to connect, take stock of research and innovation achievements in the global response to the pandemic and build on the EU’s response: worldwide coordination of excellent science for global health, social and economic recovery.
How do we design an ambitious EU research and innovation programme that supports the green and digital transitions for a sustainable coronavirus recovery? To answer this question we need your help. Have your say on Horizon Europe’s first Strategic Plan, which will guide the work programmes and topics for the new programme’s first four years.
During this CEF Telecom virtual info day the eight priorities of the second 2020 CEF Telecom call will be outlined.
The 2020-2 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for proposals is now open, making €36 million available to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in eight areas. CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market by deploying European digital infrastructures across the EU. In 2020, CEF Telecom will provide over €67 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.
The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.
The CEF Telecom eIdentification & eSignature call is now open, offering €3 million to address the cross-border authentication of eIDs and the uptake and use of electronic signatures. Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as from Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals until 20 May 2020.
The 2020-1 CEF Telecom call virtual Info Day will cover seven priorities of the 2020 CEF Telecom calls which opened on 28 February 2020. The event will be webstreamed and the recording will be available for two years under the same link.
The deadline for the 2020-1 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for proposals is now extended until 25 June to give more time for applicants to prepare their proposals. Co-funding to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) is offered in the areas of Automated Translation, Blockchain, eDelivery, eIdentification & eSignature, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs, Europeana and Safer Internet. Up to €31.4 million is available to create full cross-border digital infrastructure, in areas of public interest.
The Commission has adopted the amended CEF Telecom multi-annual work programme 2019-2020. The work programme outlines the general objectives of CEF Telecom and explains how they can be tangibly achieved through the deployment of the selected digital and physical infrastructure projects. The adopted amendment specifies the allocation of 2020 budget.
The purpose of this call for tenders is to carry out a study that will provide evidence necessary to establish a financial product for Sustainable ICT under the InvestEU Programme (reference: SMART 2019/0076).
The targeted consultation took place between 25 July and 25 October 2019. The objective of the consultation was to gather the views of stakeholders on the strategic objectives of the Digital Europe Programme for the first two years. This summary report takes stock of the contributions and presents preliminary trends that emerge from them, focusing on the quantitative aspects of the consultation input.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom 2019–2 call in support of European Digital Service Infrastructures in the areas of Cybersecurity, eHealth, eProcurement, European e-Justice, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs and the Public Open Data is now closed. Ninety-five (95) proposals were received, requesting a total of EUR 54.888.829 for EUR 25.000.000 of available funding.
You are invited to participate in an online survey by 17 November 2019 to share your views on the revised version of the "Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe" document.