Connecting Europe Facility 2014-2020

FIELDS:
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment, Consumers and Health
  • Regions and Local Development
BUDGET: € 21.936,76 million (current prices); € 19.300,0 million (2011 prices)
GENERAL OBJECTIVE:
  • Contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by developing modern and high performing trans-European networks, thus bringing forward benefits for the entire European Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion within the Single Market and creating an environment more conducive to private and public investment through a combination of financial instruments and Union direct support and by exploiting synergies across the sectors. The achievement of this objective is measured by the volume of public and private investment in projects of common interest, and in particular the volume of public and private investments in projects of common interest; 
  • Enable the Union to achieve its targets of a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% up to 2020, while ensuring greater solidarity among Member States.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

In the field of transport, the Connecting Europe Facility supports projects of common interest pursuing the objectives set out below:

  • Removing bottlenecks and bridging missing links, to be measured by the number of new and improved cross-border connections and removed bottlenecks on transport routes which have benefited from CEF;
  • Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport in the long run, to be measured by the length of the conventional railway network in the EU-27 and the length of highspeed railway network in the EU-27;P
  • Optimise the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability of transport services. The achievement of this objective will be measured by the number of ports and airports connected to the railway network. 

In the field of energy, the Connecting Europe Facility supports projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives:

  • Promoting the further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders, including by ensuring that no Member State is isolated from the European network, to be measured by the number of projects effectively interconnecting Member statenetworks and removing internal bottlenecks;
  • Enhancing Union security of supply, to be measured by the evolution of system resiliance and security of system operations as well as number of projects allowing diversification of supply sources, supplying counterparts and routes;
  • Contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, notably by fostering the integration of energy from renewable sources into the transmission network and developing carbon dioxide networks, to be measured by the transmission of renewable energy from generation to major consumption centers and storage sites, and the sum of CO2 emissions prevented by the construction of the projects which benefited from CEF.

In the field of telecommunications networks the Connecting Europe Facility provides for action to support projects of common interest pursuing the following objectives:

  • Accelerating the deployment of fast and ultrafast broadband networks networks and their uptake, including by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to be measured by the level of broadband and ultrafast broadband coverage and the number of households having subscribed for broadband connections for above 100 Mbps;
  • Promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national public services online as well as access to such networks, to be measured by the percentage of citizens and businesses using public services on-line and the availability of such services across borders.
ELEGIBLE PARTNERS:

International organisations, joint undertakings, public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States. Proposals may be submitted by entities which do not have legal personality under the applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantee for the protection of the Union's financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons. Proposals submitted by natural persons shall not be eligible. Where it is needed to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest, third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to the projects of common interest.

ELEGIBLE COUNTRIES:

Member States

CO-FINANCING:
  • With regard to grants for studies, the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible costs;
  • With regard to grants for works: rail and inland waterways: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost; the funding rate may be increased to 30% for actions addressing bottlenecks; the funding rate may be increased to 40% for actions concerning cross-border sections; 
  • Inland transport connections to ports and airports, actions to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, as well as development of ports and multi-modal platforms: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost. 
  • With regard to grants for traffic management systems and services: the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS): the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;
  • Traffic management systems, freight transport services, secure parkings on the road core network, as well as actions to support the development of Motorways of the Seas: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 20% of the eligible cost.
  • In the field of energy: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost of studies and/or works;
  • Co-financing rates may be increased to a maximum of 80% for actions. In the field of telecommunications: actions in the field of broadband networks: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 50% of the eligible cost;
  • Actions in the field of generic services: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs;
  • Core service platforms shall be typically funded by procurement. In exceptional cases, they may be funded by a grant covering up to 100% of eligible costs, without prejudice to the co-financing principle;
  • Programme support actions including infrastructure mapping, twinning and technical assistance: the amount of Union financial aid shall not exceed 75% of the eligible costs.
RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG CONNECT; DG Mobility and Transport
2020 PRIORITIES:
  • Smart Growth
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Inclusive Growth
2020 FLAGSHIPS:
  • Digital Agenda for Europe
  • Resource Efficient Europe
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