Proposal to renew Connecting Europe Facility with €42,3 billion

As part of the next long-term European budget for the period 2021-2027, the European Commission (EC) proposed to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) with €42,3 billion. With this budget the EC supports investments in the European infrastructure networks for transport (€ 30,6 billion), energy (€ 8,7 billion) and telecom (€ 3 billion).

The proposed budget for CEF 2021-2027 of € 42,3 billion means an increase of 47% compared to the previous budget for the period 2014-2020. If this proposal will be approved by the Parliament and the Council transport, telecom and energy projects with European added value can count on further additional support. The focus within the  European grant programme lies on achieving the EU climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement and the Energy Union. In addition the Commission proposes to further strengthen the synergy between the sub-programs CEF Transport, CEF Energy and CEF Telecom.

CEF Transport: safe, clean and connected mobility

The priority within CEF Transport is the (further) development of smart, sustainable, inclusive and safe mobility in the European Union. To achieve this goal the Commission proposes a budget of € 30,6 billion. The central aim of the CEF Transport network is to focus on the final realization of the main transport corridors of the EU (core network) in 2030 and the realization of the more extensive network (comprehensive network) in 2050. Cohesion countries can claim € 11,3 billion. For the first time ever, the Connecting Europe Facility will also support civilian-military dual use transport infrastructure with €6.5 billion.

CEF Energy: affordable, secure and sustainable

CEF Energy supports projects that share the ambition of the European Union to become world leader in renewable energy. A budget of € 8,7 billion has been proposed for this pillar within the CEF programme. CEF Energy focuses on cross-border projects in which market-ready renewable energy techniques are demonstrated and included in (local) strategies. In addition, CEF Energy will continue to focus on promoting the integration of the current European energy market, interoperability and ensuring of the energy supply.

CEF Telecom: Digital high-capacity broadband networks

In addition to the budgets for energy and transport the Commission intends to reserve € 3 billion of the budget for CEF Telecom. This budget mainly concerns initiatives for the further development of reliable, affordable and high-quality high-capacity digital networks to support the further digitization of European industries and the promotion of the Digital Single Market.

The final budgets for CEF are expected to be published in 2019.

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