The Connecting Europe Facility Framework Program (CEF) is the European program for financing projects of common interest in the field of trans-European networks policy in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors aimed at developing and building new infrastructures and new services or Infrastructure and services in these sectors.
The priorities of the program in the three sectors:
Eliminate bottlenecks, increase the interoperability of rail transport, bridge missing links and, in particular, improve cross-border sections. Ensure long-term sustainable and efficient transport systems with a view to ensuring preparedness for expected future transport flows and enabling all modes of transport to be phased out by means of the transition to innovative and energy efficient low carbon transport technologies while optimizing the security. Optimize the integration and interconnection of modes of transport and strengthen the interoperability of transport services, while ensuring the accessibility of transport infrastructures.
Increase competitiveness by promoting greater integration of the internal energy market and interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders. Strengthen the security of energy supply in the Union. Contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection, in particular through the integration of renewable energy sources in the transport network, and the development of smart energy networks and carbon dioxide networks.
Support actions aimed at the objectives specified in a regulation on guidelines for trans-European networks in the field of telecommunications infrastructures.
- Contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy, through the development of modern and high-performance trans-European networks;
- Enhancing competitiveness within the global market and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the internal market;
- Create a more conducive environment for private, public or public-private investment through a combination of financial instruments and direct Union support;
- To enable the Union to achieve its goals in terms of sustainable development, thereby helping to achieve the Union’s medium- and long-term decarbonization objectives, while ensuring greater solidarity between Member States.
Who can apply:
- International organizations, joint ventures or undertakings or public or private entities established in Member States
- Entities that do not have legal personality under applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to assume legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantees of protection of the Union’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons