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Connecting Europe Facility



Connecting Europe Facility

Background & policy context: 

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a genuinely European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport. CEF investments are also intended to act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors.

Strategic Objectives: 

The Connecting Europe Facility includes three thematic sectors:

  1. Energy: CEF aims to close financial gaps and to reduce bottlenecks in the energy infrastructure to contribute to the Europe 2020 objectives. The thematic priorities will be smart grids, intelligent, electricity highways and cross-border CO2 cooperation.
  2. Telecommunication: Digital service infrastructures acts as a platform on which new industries can create innovative applications, and also build digital bridges to facilitate the mobility of citizens and businesses working across borders.
  3. Transport: CEF provides approximately  € 23 billion for the modernisation of the European transport infrastructures, the construction of missing links and the removal of bottlenecks. The focus on environmentally-friendly transport will improve the sustainability of the transport systems in Europe.

CEF is also designed to attract private sector investments to infrastructure through a number of financial risk-sharing instruments, including special lending, guarantees and equity investments. These instruments aim to give credibility to infrastructure projects and to lower their risk profiles. The goal is to offer an alternative to the traditional grant funding and to plug financing gaps for strategic infrastructure investments.

Programme organisation: 

The European Commission gives particular care to ensuring complementarities with interventions supported by other EU programmes, while avoiding potential overlaps. In particular, coordination is pursued in the implementation of CEF with the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the cohesion and structural funds, where the Commission has proposed that important parts of the budget for 2014-2020 be dedicated to projects related to telecommunication, energy and transport infrastructure. Coherence between CEF and the Horizon 2020 programme will guarantee that the research and innovation chain leading to deployment in infrastructure is not interrupted.

Type of funding:
Total Budget: 
EUR 50 billion
Number of projects:
Project Profiles:
  1. Alternative Fuels and Solutions for Port's Cold-Ironing: Standardisation of Regulatory Framework and Demonstration of Feasible Exploitation
  3. Breakthrough LNG deployment in Inland Waterway Transport
  4. C-ITS for Trucks
  5. C-Roads Austria
  6. C-Roads Belgium/Flanders
  7. C-Roads Czech Republic
  8. C-ROADS France
  9. C-Roads Spain
  10. C-Roads-Germany
  11. Compliance monitoring pilot for Marpol Annex VI
  12. Connect2LNG
  13. Connected Corridor for Driving Automation
  14. Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations
  15. CYbeR Awareness diploma for NIS Operators
  16. Cybersecure Corridors for eVehicle Automation
  17. CybeRsecUrity riSk assessment and mitigation for cOnnected and automated vEhicles
  18. Decarbonised passenger transport at European airports
  19. e-Freight Implementation Action
  20. EAS-HyMob
  21. ELectrification of the Eastern MEDiterranean area (use of Cold Ironing and electricity as a propulsion alternative)
  22. Evolution of a European hydrogen refuelling station network by mobilising the local demand and value chains
  23. Go4Synergy in LNG
  24. InterCor
  25. LNG for shipping and logistics in Europe
  26. Models for Economic Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure
  28. Port of Helsingborg - Network and Information Security
  29. Preventing Incident and Accident by Safer Ships on the Oceans
  30. Railway Infrastructure Optimisation - Deployment of an innovative and technological rail infrastructure-vehicle interface system to ensure a low-carbon and energy-efficient freight transport system along the TEN-T Core Network Corridors
  31. Regulation Study for Interoperability in the Adoption of Autonomous Driving in European Urban Nodes
  32. SCOOP@F Part 2
  33. SESAR Deployment Programme Implementation
  34. SOLRED C-ITS Monitoring Network
  35. STM Validation Project
  36. Study and deployment of integrated gas & water cleaning system and biofuel-MGO blend for the upgrade of the Atlantic corridor
  37. SYNERG-E
  38. Technical Study and Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Development of LNG as a Marine Fuel in Malta
  39. The small-scale LNG Reloading Terminal in Gdansk and bunkering services
  40. TSO 2020: Electric “Transmission and Storage Options” along TEN-E and TEN-T corridors for 2020
  41. ULTRA-E
  42. UNIT-E
  43. Viability analysis on the harmonization of common data type categories for the road and public transport network
  44. Watertruck+
  45. Zero Emission Ferries - a green link across the Öresund
Contact Name: 
European Commission
Contact Email: 
European Commission DG Mobility and Transport
Rue J.-A. Demot, 24-28
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