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Supporting the European Broadband Competence Offices Network in 2023-24

The European Broadband Competence Offices Network is supported on an annual basis by a dedicated Support Facility established by the European Commission. The 2023-24 Annual Work Plan Summary outlines the Support Facility’s objectives, activities and focus areas for this year.

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The European Broadband Competence Offices Network Support Facility

Each year, the European Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility works closely with the European Commission to provide an annual programme of capacity building and knowledge exchange activities, including online and in-person events as well as training materials, publications and videos. The programme is planned based on the needs expressed by the members of the Network and takes into account upcoming EU policy, regulatory and funding developments.

This year’s annual programme is summarised in the ‘2023-24 Annual Work Plan Summary’, and will principally focus on the following key topics:

Policy and regulation

  • State aid and General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Green procurement
  • Impact assessment and evaluation
  • Gigabit Act
  • DESI and other reporting mechanisms (including Rural Digital Index)
  • EU CAP Network and rural connectivity targets
  • High Speed Broadband Investment Guide

Funding and projects

  • Broadband planning
  • RRF milestones management
  • Sub-marine cables
  • Outermost Regions
  • Mountain regions
  • Vouchers and demand-side stimulation
  • Reporting tool and atlas
  • 5G wholesale access models
  • Coordination of funds (ERDF, EAFRD, RRF, CEF, InvestEU, etc)
  • Preparation of third CEF Digital call: info days and matchmaking
  • EIB Technical Assistance
  • Smart Villages
  • Last mile in rural areas
  • IPCEI outcome – OpenRAN / Cloud and edge computing
  • Cross-border cooperation projects


  • 5G for Connected Automated Mobility and other use cases
  • Services for rural users: finance, e-health, e-administration
  • European low-orbit satellite initiative
  • Artificial Intelligence in broadband infrastructure and society


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The European Broadband Competence Offices Network Support Facility