Connecting Europe Facility Telecom: over €27 million to foster the European digital service ecosystem

The European Commission has opened today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Up to €27.5 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities. The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 May 2017.

Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals in the areas of eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI), Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS) and European e-Justice Portal. .

CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that contribute to increasing the interoperability, connectivity and deployment of trans-European digital infrastructures across the EU, improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations, and thereby contributing to the development of a Digital Single Market.

To receive co-funding under the calls, actions must be ready for deployment, contribute to EU Digital Single Market policies and have a long-term sustainability strategy. The funding will be allocated to those eligible proposals which best meet the award criteria as specified in the 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme and call texts in the areas relevant to this call.

This call is the first one under the 2017 CEF Telecom Work Programme. In 2017, CEF Telecom will provide up to a total of €77 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.

Areas covered by the CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-1)

Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals until 18 May 2017, for actions supporting the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures in four different areas, each with an indicative maximum budget as described below:

  • Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS): facilitating access for the public to information on EU companies for the public and ensuring that all EU business registers can communicate with each other electronically in a safe and secure way - €2 million
  • eIdentification & eSignature: addressing the cross-border authentication of eIDs and the uptake and use of electronic signatures - €7 million


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