EU funding for the promotion of digital connectivity – budget for the first calls for proposals more than EUR 200 million

The financial instruments of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital programme provide funding for projects that improve the digital connectivity infrastructure in the European Union and catalyse its deployment. During the funding period 2021–2027, CEF2 has a budget of approximately EUR 2 billion for the improvement of digital connectivity. The budget available in the first calls for proposals is EUR 258 million. The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom coordinates the CEF call in Finland.

In the first set of calls for proposals, funding is available for the following topics:

  • 5G coverage along transport corridors EUR 106 million
  • 5G for smart communities EUR 25 million
  • Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways EUR 40 million
  • Coordination and Support Actions EUR 7 million
  • Backbone networks for pan-European cloud federations EUR 80 million.

Application period: 12 January – 22 March 2022, 17:00 CET

For more information, please see the website of the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) (External link) and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency’s website (more information about the calls to be added as soon as possible).

HaDEA organises an Info Day on the calls on 19 January 2022. More information. (External link)

The national deadlines for the first calls for proposals are as follows:

  • 15 February 2022: Applicants must submit their project summaries to Traficom.
  • 23 February 2022: Traficom sends information on the project summaries to the Ministry of Transport and Communications to support discussion and decision-making by the Government. All CEF applications submitted from Finland require national approval. The Ministry of Transport and Communications presents the projects to the Government's Ministerial Finance Committee.
  • 14 March 2022: Application forms A and B must be submitted to Traficom. Letters of support (member state agreement) may only be sent to applicants once application forms A and B have been received.
  • The application deadline is 22 March 2022 (17:00 CET). Applicants must complete and submit their applications on HaDEA’s dedicated web page by the deadline.

Traficom coordinates the CEF call in Finland.

Enquiries

Päivi Peltola-Ojala, Chief Specialist, tel. +358 29 539 0539, paivi.peltola-ojala@traficom.fi

Petri Makkonen, Chief Specialist, tel. +358 29 539 0516, petri.makkonen@traficom.fi

 

Update: The national deadlines for the first calls for proposals are as follows: 15 February 2022: Applicants must submit their project summaries to Traficom. 23 February 2022: Traficom sends information on the project summaries to the Ministry of Transport and Communications to support discussion and decision-making by the Government. All CEF applications submitted from Finland require national approval. The Ministry of Transport and Communications presents the projects to the Government's Ministerial Finance Committee. 14 March 2022: Application forms A and B must be submitted to Traficom. Letters of support (member state agreement) may only be sent to applicants once application forms A and B have been received. The application deadline is 22 March 2022 (17:00 CET). Applicants must complete and submit their applications on HaDEA’s dedicated web page by the deadline.