Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

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European Union
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Energy in Tourism
Infrastructure in Tourism
Intro text: 
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) supports trans- European networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. CEF is administered by the European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, and DG Mobility and Transport.

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Who can apply?

Research centres, Local and Regional authorities, Corporations, Administrations States, Development NGOs, SMEs, Universities, ...

Objectives and activities

Objective: In order to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to stimulate job creation in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Union needs an up-to-date, high-performance infrastructure to help connect and integrate the Union and all its regions, in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors.


  • The CEF should enable synergies between the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors to be harnessed to the full, thus enhancing the effectiveness of Union action and enabling implementing costs to be optimised.
  • TEN-T: transport infrastructure that connects the continent between East and West, North and South. It promotes and strengthens seamless transport chains for passenger and freight.

Type and level of funding

For the period 2014 to 2020: EUR 33 242 259 000. The telecommunications part of CEF has a budget of 1.14 billion euros, TEN-T has a budget of €26 million. Financial assistance is provided in the form of equity instruments, loans and/or guarantees and grants.