The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The CEF is a unique European funding programme set up to support the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficient interconnected trans-European networks in energy, telecommunications and transport.
The CEF – which makes €30.4 billion available in grants and financial instruments – aims to contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy, by boosting investments to stimulate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also aims to enable the European Union to reach its sustainable development targets by 2020.
Nearly three years after its launch in January 2014, the CEF will be evaluated according to its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value in achieving its objectives.
A key element of this evaluation is a consultation open to the public which will not only help to assess the various aspects of the programme, but also shape its future. The survey addresses both the general objectives of the CEF as well as the specific objectives set for each of its three sectors.
In the Telecommunications Sector, the CEF is used for the deployment and modernisation of broadband networks and Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Their objectives are to increase competitiveness and improve the daily lives of citizens, businesses and public administrations by allowing them to fully benefit from living in a Digital Single Market.
The budget for CEF Telecommunications amounts to €1.04 billion for the period 2014-2020.
On the consultation page you can find further details and participate in the survey (see links at the bottom of the consultation page).
More information: ec.europa.eu