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Connecting Europe Facility Telecom: EU selects 33 projects and invests over EUR 27 million

The EU will invest over EUR 27 million co-funding projects to further improve European digital services. The evaluation of the first 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals has concluded and 33 projects were selected.

The evaluation of the first 2017 CEF Telecom call for proposals (CEF-TC-2017-1) has concluded and 33 projects were selected to receive co-funding from the European Union in four different areas:

  • Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS): Over EUR 620 000 will be granted to four proposals with applicants from four EU Member States, supporting efficient interconnection of  all EU business registers in order to facilitate access to EU-wide company information;
  • eIdentification & eSignature: the 13 selected proposals receiving over EUR 7.4 million in funding and including applicants from 13 EU Member States and Norway, will enable cross-border recognition and validation of eIDs and electronic signatures in line with the eIDAS (electronic identification and trust services) Regulation. Three actions will specifically support the use of nationally-issued eID for student authentication across borders;
  • Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI): 12 proposals worth almost EUR 18.5 million with applicants from 12 EU Member States have been selected to improve  cross-border communication between national social security organisations in Europe;
  • European e-Justice Portal: Four proposals have been selected for funding aiming at providing online information and services in the judicial area, contributing to the creation of a single European area of justice. Applicants are from four EU Member States and the total funding granted is just over EUR 1.1 million.

The list of projects selected for funding and rejected proposals is also available for consultation.


CEF Telecom funding is dedicated to Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) delivering networked cross-border services for citizens, businesses and public administrations. Supported projects will contribute to improving the competitiveness of the European economy, promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national, regional and local networks and access to these networks, thus supporting the development of a Digital Single Market. CEF Telecom has an overall budget of EUR 1.04 billion (2014-2020).

More information

CEF Telecom 2017 call for proposals

CEF Telecom 2017-1 results

Commission Implementing Decision