The European Commission has launched the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom 2019–2 call, making €25 million available to stimulate and sustain the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in the areas of Cybersecurity, eHealth, eProcurement, European e-Justice, European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs and the Public Open Data. In 2019, CEF Telecom aims to provide up to €88 million in total funding for 18 DSIs, in order to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

The CEF Telecom 2019–2 call aims to support the following areas:

  • Cybersecurity – €10 million to increase the cybersecurity capabilities of actors that are fundamental for a State’s cybersecurity, such as National Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), Operators of Essential Services (OES), National Competent Authorities (NCAs) or Single Points of Contact (SPOCs);
  • eHealth – €5 million to improve cross-border healthcare access and services using ICT tools, specifically to make ePrescriptions and Patient Summaries widely available in the EU;
  • eProcurement – €1 million to simplify public procurement procedures and processes, as well as to facilitate the participation of both suppliers and buyers in them;
  • European e-Justice – €3 million to ensure that citizens and businesses can rapidly reap the practical benefits of e-Justice tools;
  • European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs – €1 million to support the equipment of  individuals and the labour force in Europe with adequate digital skills;
  • Public Open Data – €5 million to achieve better services for citizens and public administrations thanks to the re-use of public-sector information deploying innovative solutions.

Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, may submit their proposals until 14 November 2019, 17:00h Brussels time through the dedicated proposal submission system, accessible from the individual call webpages on the 2019 CEF Telecom Calls web page. All the call documents and additional background information are also available on the individual call webpages. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is the contact point for this call.

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