Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
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The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is an important European funding instrument that promotes growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at a European level.
The instrument supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. The investments tend to fill in the missing links in Europe’s energy, transport and digital backbone.
Through CEF Transport, the EU strives to complete and improve the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) which consists of a core network (to be completed before 2030) and a comprehensive network (to be completed by 2050). CEF Transport supports projects which contribute to the TEN-T network, e.g. by solving bottlenecks, supplying missing links, or providing cross-border connections. CEF Transport also supports projects in the fields of ITS, ERTMS, SESAR, Motorways of the Sea and sustainable (“green”) transport.
The EU’s energy infrastructure is aging and, in its current state, not suited to match future demand for energy, to ensure security of supply or to support large-scale transmission of energy from renewable sources. For both electricity and gas, the upgrading of existing infrastructure and the development of new energy transmission infrastructure of European importance will both require substantial investments in the years to come. CEF Energy supports projects of common interest (PCIs), which reinforce the trans-European energy network (TEN-E), by offering grants and financial instruments.
CEF Digital supports projects that improve Europe’s digital infrastructure. This includes innovations in areas such as cloud services, smart communities, or expanding and improving the 5G network. CEF Digital is the successor of CEF Telecom, which concluded in 2020.
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