Second Connecting Europe Facility Telecom call: €25 million to boost cross-border digital infrastructure


The European Commission launched the second Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call of 2019, with €25 million available to help European public administrations and businesses connect to pan-European digital platforms and ensure that the services provided are interoperable across borders. The call focuses on six areas: cybersecurity (€10 million), eHealth (€5 million), eProcurement (€1 million), European e-Justice (€3 million), public Open Data (€5 million), and the new European Platform on Digital Skills (€1 million). Applicants are invited to submit projects aimed at improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations as well as contributing to the accomplishment of the Digital Single Market. The call will close on 14 November 2019, and potential applicants seeking to know more are encouraged to take part in a Virtual Info Day on 10 July. The CEF programme supports physical and digital infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy; more information on CEF Telecom projects can be found here. In the EU’s budgetary period for 2014-2020, CEF Telecom has a budget of approximately €1 billion, of which €870 million has been earmarked for the deployment of digital solutions paving the way to the digitalisation and cross-border interoperability of public services across the EU.