Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

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For the period 2021-2027 this will be 28.4 billion euro Global budget. For 2014-2020 it was: 30.4 billion euro - (€23.7 billion for Transport, €4.6 billion for Energy, and €0.5 billion for Telecom)

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For Flanders you can get more information at MOW Vlaanderen: https://mow.vlaanderen.be/cef/



Latest info from July 21st 2020


In order to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and stimulate job creation, the Union needs an up-to-date, high-performance infrastructure to help connect and integrate the Union and all its regions, in the transport, energy and digital sectors. Those connections are key for the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services. The trans-European networks facilitate cross-border connections, such as Rail Baltica, foster greater economic, social and territorial cohesion and contribute to a more competitive social market economy and to combatting climate change by taking into account decarbonisation commitments. All Member States should be treated equally, disadvantages resulting from permanent geographic vulnerabilities should be duly taken into account.


The financial envelope for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the period 2021-2027 will be EUR 28 396 million. That amount will be distributed among the sectors as follows: 

  • a) transport: EUR 21 384 million,
    • out of which EUR 10 000 million will be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with the CEF Regulation:
      • 30% shall be made available based on a high degree of competitiveness among Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund and 70% shall respect the national allocations under the Cohesion Fund until 2023 and thereafter be based on full competition between Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund;
    • out of which EUR 1 384 million will be used for the completion of missing major cross-border railway
      links between cohesion countries to support the functioning of the Single Market. The co-financing rules of the transfer from the Cohesion Fund to CEF shall apply.
  • b) energy: EUR 5 180 million;
  • c) digital: EUR 1 832 million.



The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. 


It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. CEF investments fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.

The CEF benefits people across all Member States, as it makes travel easier and more sustainable, it enhances Europe’s energy security while enabling wider use of renewables, and it facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

In addition to grants, the CEF offers financial support to projects through innovative financial instruments such as guarantees and project bonds. These instruments create significant leverage in their use of EU budget and act as a catalyst to attract further funding from the private sector and other public sector actors.


Since January 2014, INEA is your gateway to funding under the CEF. INEA implements most of the CEF programme budget, in total €28.7 billion out of €30.4 billion (€23.7 billion for Transport, €4.6 billion for Energy, and €0.5 billion for Telecom).


The brochure Investing in European Networks. The Connecting Europe Facility: Five years supporting European Infrastructure was published in July 2019 and presents the achievements of the programme since it started in 2014.


The CEF is divided into three sectors:


One of the key priorities of CEF is enabling and strengthening the synergies between the three sectors. Actions across sectors may enable costs or results to be optimised through the pooling of financial, technical or human resources, thus enhancing the effectiveness of EU funding.

The first Call for proposals to support synergy actions between the transport and energy sectors was launched in 2016.


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Proposed budget 2021-2027 is €42.3 billion, of which :

  • CEF Transport: €30.6 billion (of which €11.3 billion earmarked in ESIF and €6.5 billion earmarked in the security and defense budget)
  • CEF Energy: €8.7 billion
  • CEF Digital: €3 billion
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