EU invests €25m to boost cross-border digital infrastructure

Almost half of this amount would be invested in the cybersecurity sector

The European Commission launches today the second Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call of 2019, with €25m available to help European public administrations and businesses connect to pan-European digital platforms and ensure that the services provided are interoperable across borders.

For this to be achieved the call focuses on six areas: cybersecurity (€10m), eHealth (€5m), eProcurement (€1m), European e-Justice (€3m), public Open Data (€5m), and the new European Platform on Digital Skills (€1m).

Applicants are invited to submit projects aimed at improving the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations as well as contributing to the accomplishment of the Digital Single Market. The call will then close on 14 November 2019.

The CEF programme supports physical and digital infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. In the EU's budgetary period for 2014-2020, it has a budget of approximately €1bn, of which €870m has been earmarked for the deployment of digital solutions paving the way to the digitalisation and cross-border interoperability of public services across the EU.

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