As of 1 April 2021, the new European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) will take over the implementation of the WiFi4EU programme from the current Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
Based in Brussels, HaDEA has been set up by the European Commission to create a strong digital pole to stimulate the digital transition and accelerate the economic recovery. HaDEA will bring together digital-related activities under different programmes, including Horizon Europe’s cluster “Digital, industry and space”, the new Digital Europe Programme, as well as the digital strand of Connecting Europe Facility, which includes the WiFi4EU legacy.
What does this practically mean for WiFi4EU beneficiaries?
- All business processes used at INEA will remain the same in HaDEA and the WiFi4EU stakeholders can continue to use the same interfaces with the WiFi4EU operational teams. HaDEA and INEA are working to ensure the smoothest possible implementation of the handover. Some disruptions in the underlying IT systems are possible, however, they should be minimal. Updated information about the handover to HaDEA will be made available on the WiFi4EU portal.
- All of the relevant WiFi4EU info will continue to be available via the WiFi4EU Portal, DSM website pages, and the WiFi4EU Community/Futurium. Documents and implementation info will still be temporarily available, via the existing INEA WiFi4EU webpage. Once HaDEA’s WiFi4EU webpage is up and running, all relevant information will be moved accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming WiFi4EU in HaDEA, where we will continue to ensure a smooth and successful implementation!