The Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the second edition of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF 2.0). The programme will provide over 33 billion € and fund projects across Europe between 2021 and 2027.
Infrastructure projects will be funded in three areas:
► Digital connectivity
In the field of transport, over 25 billion € are foreseen, including 11.29 billion € for cohesion countries. The pivotal idea is to modernise rail, road, waterway and maritime infrastructure into a truly interconnected European transport network. A new aspect within CEF 2.0 is military mobility.
In the energy sector, CEF 2.0 aims to further integrate the European energy market, improving the interoperability of energy networks and to fund cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy generation.
In the area of digital connectivity, projects contributing to the digital single market and EU connectivity targets will be funded. Priority will be given to projects which provide additional area coverage, including for households.
Moreover, CEF 2.0 aims at enabling synergies between the transport, energy and digital sectors. It will thereby promote cross-sectoral work in areas such as connected and automated mobility and alternative fuels.
The CEF programme is managed by the recently rebranded European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).
The next CEF calls for proposal are expected in the second half of 2021. The EUFUNDINGMAG will keep you posted.