The first generation of the Connecting Europe Facility “Telecom” strand (2014-2020) facilitated the cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens, by deploying Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), connectivity in local communities (WiFi4EU) and broadband networks (through equity and loan instruments).
With a budget of approximately €1 billion, of which €203 million are now managed by HaDEA, the programme supported two types of digital services:
- Re-usable digital services that can be integrated into/combined with other projects so called “building blocks”:
- Blockchain (EBSI), and
- Automated Translation.
- Specific digital service infrastructures covering areas such as:
- Cyber security,
- European Platform for Digital Jobs and Skills,
- Business Registers Interconnection System,
- Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information,
- Public Open Data,
- European e-Justice Portal,
- European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO),
- Safer Internet, and
- Online dispute resolution.
The CEF support to digital technologies will be continued and further developed in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027) under the Digital Europe Programme (DEP).
CEF Telecom also supported the WiFi4EU initiative, enabling European municipalities to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces, such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres, and museums in municipalities throughout Europe.
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