Connecting Europe Facility – Energy, first call 2016
The Commission launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility to help finance key EU energy infrastructure projects
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.
The first CEF Energy call 2016 has a budget of 200 million of euros which are available for projects aiming to:
- end energy isolation
- eliminate energy bottlenecks
- complete the internal energy market
Once finalised, these projects will contribute towards the completion of an EU internal energy market and the creation of a resilient Energy Union. This EU money is expected to act as a catalyst to speed up the implementation of the projects and attract investment from the private and public sectors.
With a total of 800 million of euros available for grants in 2016, this is the first of two calls planned for this year. The deadline to submit applications is 28 April 2016. An info day for project promoters will be organised on 7 April. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected to be announced by the end of July.