Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €32 million to improve European digital services

The European Commission launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom making €32 million of EU funding available for the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs).

This call is the first one under the 2016 CEF Telecom Work Programme. Interested applicants from all EU Member States as well as Iceland and Norway may submit their proposals in the areas of Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and eProcurement by 19 May. Two more calls will be open this year: one in mid-May and one in mid-September. They will cover additional areas, from Public Open Data to eInvoicing. In 2016, CEF Telecom will provide  in total up to €70 million funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.

The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the work programme and call texts.

Areas covered by CEF Telecom call for proposals

The current CEF Telecom call (CEF-TC-2016-1) invites proposals to undertake actions contributing to the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures in three different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget:

Actions in these areas contribute to the creation of the European ecosystem of digital services that will make the Digital Single Market work in practice, by fostering an inclusive e-society.

A Virtual Info Day providing information on the call and application process will take place on 17 March.

Source: European Commission