Connecting Europe Facility

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The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a European Union fund for pan-European infrastructure investment in transport, energy and digital projects which aim at a greater connectivity between European Union member states (2014–2020). It operates through grants, financial guarantees and project bonds.[1] It is run by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.[2]

CEF Digital[3] supports the completion of the Digital Single Market by connecting Europe through 'digital bridges' (Digital Service Infrastructures) for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public administrations. It promotes the vision of public services being not only digital by default but also cross-border by default. There are two types of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs):

  • Sector-specific DSIs deploy complex trans-European digital services based upon mature technical and organisational solutions: eProcurement, Cybersecurity, eHealth, eJustice, Online Dispute Resolution, Europeana, Safer Internet, Open Data.
  • The DSIs known as building blocks provide basic and re-usable digital services. Building blocks can be integrated into other DSI and IT projects and can be combined with each other. Currently, there are five building blocks: eDelivery, eInvoicing, eID, eSignature and eTranslation, with eArchiving in development.

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