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CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (CEF)
TRANS-EUROPEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
WORK PROGRAMME 2015
2 CONTEXT, OBJECTIVES AND OVERALL APPROACH
2.2 Objectives, medium-term perspective and expected results
2.3 CEF Telecommunications Work Programme 2015
2.3.1 Eligibility criteria and approach
2.3.2 Work Programme content overview
2.3.3 Indicative budget
2.3.4 Implementation mechanisms
3 CONTENT OF THE CALLS FOR 2015
3.1 Digital Service Infrastructures
3.1.1 Access to digital resources of European heritage – Europeana......... 13 3.1.2 Safer Internet
Mature DSIs which have previously been supported under CEF and for which additional funding is foreseen under WP 2015................. 19 — 3.1.3 Electronic identification and authentication eIdentificantion and eSignature
3.1.4 Electronic delivery of documents — eDelivery
3.1.5 Electronic Invoicing - eInvoicing
3.1.6 Access to re-usable public sector information - Public Open Data
3.1.7 Automated Translation
3.1.8 Cyber Security
'New' Mature DSI's selected on the basis of the criteria established by the Regulation
3.1.9 Access to certificates and attestations – e-Certis (eProcurement)
3.1.10 Online Dispute Resolution
4.1 Main implementation measures and EU financial contribution
4.3 Calls for proposals
4.3.1 General terms and provisions
4.3.2 Making a proposal
4.3.3 Evaluation process
4.3.4 Selection of independent experts for evaluation and reviews........... 46 4.3.5 Indicative implementation calendar
4.4 Technical assistance for broadband
5 PROGRAMME SUPPORT ACTIONS
5.1 Studies, other measures, conferences and events
6 FURTHER INFORMATION
Annex 1 – Call for proposal fiches
Annex 2 - Evaluation criteria for the Calls for Proposals
Annex 2a. Award criteria for the grant to the World Bank on the basis of Article 190(1)(f) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012
Annex 3 – Conformity with the legal base
1 INTRODUCTION The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was established by Regulation (EU) N° 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 20131 (CEF Regulation). It determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing European Union (EU) financial assistance to trans-European networks in order to support projects of common interest. It also establishes the breakdown of resources to be made available for the period 2014-2020. It covers the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy.
In accordance with Article 17 of the CEF Regulation, the Commission has to adopt, by means of implementing acts, multiannual and annual work programmes for each of the sectors concerned. In doing so, the Commission must establish the selection and award criteria in line with objectives and priorities laid down in Articles 3 and 4 of the CEF Regulation and in Regulations (EU) No 1315/2013 and (EU) No 347/2013 or in the relevant guidelines for trans-European networks in the area of telecommunications infrastructure.
Guidelines for trans-European networks in the area of telecommunications infrastructure (CEF Telecom guidelines) were adopted on 11 March 20142 and cover the specific objectives and priorities as well as eligibility criteria for funding envisaged for broadband networks and digital service infrastructures.
The CEF Telecom guidelines define ‘telecommunications infrastructures’ as both broadband networks and digital service infrastructures (DSIs). The latter are composed of ‘core service platforms’ – central hubs which enable trans-European connectivity – and ‘generic services’ which link national infrastructures to the core service platforms.
Finally, ‘building blocks’ are basic DSIs which enable the more complex digital service infrastructures to function properly.
This document constitutes the 2015 Work Programme (WP2015) for CEF Telecommunications (CEF Telecom). It outlines the general objectives and the priorities for actions to be launched in 2015 and explains how these can be tangibly achieved through the selected digital service infrastructure and broadband projects. It defines the scope of the programme as well as the envisaged level of funding, which will take the form of procurement, calls for proposals and other supporting actions.
Financial instruments for broadband and additional technical assistance for broadband will be covered in a separate joint work programme for all three sectors of the CEF.
For further information relating to this programme, please refer to the CEF Telecom website at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/connecting-europe-facility.
1 Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010.
2 Regulation (EU) No 283/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 on guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks and repealing Decision No 1336/97/EC
2 CONTEXT, OBJECTIVES AND OVERALL APPROACH
2.1 Context Our economies and societies are undergoing a profound transformation with the Internet becoming the dominant platform for communication, for business and for participation in social and political life. The trans-European availability of widespread and secure access to the Internet and digital services is essential for the functioning of the digital single market and for Europe to reap the full benefits of this technological revolution.
The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE)3, one of the flagship initiatives of Europe 2020, has recognised that information and communication technology (ICT) and network connectivity form an indispensable basis for the development of our economies and society. It sets the objective of all Europeans having access to fast broadband speeds of 30Mbps, with at least half of European households subscribing to Internet connections above 100Mbps, by the end of the decade.
Europe needs to make better use of the opportunities of the digital technology and facilitate cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens. It needs to stimulate the deployment and modernisation of high-speed internet networks. While many Member States have already introduced digital service infrastructures that drive competitiveness and markedly improve the daily lives of their citizens, there is currently a lack of interconnection and interoperability among such systems at European level.
The Connecting Europe Facility is aimed at supporting projects of common interest that address such bottlenecks and thereby contribute to the development of the Single Market, to European competitiveness, to social inclusion and to overall economic growth. By supporting the deployment of solid trans-European infrastructures based on mature technical and organisational solutions, CEF is expected to foster the deployment of networks and stimulate exchanges and collaboration with (and within) the public sector, across the EU. This will necessarily entail buy-in and active cooperation between administrations in different Member States building on cross-border technical interoperability.
2.2 Objectives, medium-term perspective and expected results Objectives The objectives of EU action as regards trans-European telecommunications networks are outlined in the CEF Telecom guidelines. Article 3 thereof defines the specific objectives
– economic growth and support to the completion and functioning of the internal market in support of the competitiveness of the European economy, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
– improvements in daily life for citizens, businesses and administrations at every level through the promotion of broadband networks, interconnection and 3 http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/ interoperability of national, regional and local broadband networks, as well as non-discriminatory access to such networks and digital inclusion.
It also lists the following operational priorities:
– interoperability, connectivity, sustainable deployment, operation and upgrading of trans-European digital service infrastructures, as well as coordination at European level;
– efficient flow of private and public investments to stimulate the deployment and modernisation of broadband networks with a view to contributing to achieving the broadband targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
Projects of common interest will, in particular:
– aim at the creation and/or enhancement of interoperable and, whenever possible, internationally compatible core service platforms, accompanied by generic services for digital service infrastructures;
– provide efficient investment vehicles for broadband networks, attract new categories of investors and project promoters, and encourage replicability of innovative projects and business models.
Expected results and the medium-term perspective CEF Telecom is designed to deploy service infrastructures across the EU based on mature technical and organisational solutions to support exchanges and collaboration between citizens, businesses and public authorities. CEF focuses on providing functioning services which are ready to be deployed and which will be maintained over time, as opposed to developing pilots or technologies.
In the field of broadband, financial assistance will focus on attracting additional investments, promoting a multiplier effect, and so facilitating the efficient use of private and other public funds for investment.
The vision for CEF Telecom is that by 2020 it will deliver concrete benefits to citizens, businesses and administrations across the EU through mutually reinforcing and complementary digital service infrastructures and broadband networks, making the Single Market more effective and contributing to economic growth.
More specifically, this means for consumers that they will be able to benefit from lower costs, better and quicker access to public services, public data and cultural information in all Member States. The services will be safer, more secure and available in all EU languages, and new faster broadband networks will support digital inclusion.
For businesses a successful CEF programme would mean more opportunities and better cross border public services. It will become less time-consuming and less costly to interact with public authorities. Transactions will be interoperable, secure and trustworthy across Europe.
For administrations, CEF Telecom is expected to deliver greater efficiency and reduced transaction costs across the different domains with all Member States participating fully in cross-border activities.
CEF Telecom projects of common interest aim to be mutually reinforcing and complementary. There are many potential linkages between the digital infrastructures; in particular, building blocks such as e-Identification, eAuthentication, eDelivery, eInvoicing or automated translation and cyber security enable the proper functioning of all the other DSIs listed in the CEF Telecom guidelines.
Furthermore, DSIs must be financially sustainable over time, where appropriate through funding sources other than CEF. Financial assistance should, wherever possible, be phased out over time and funding from sources other than CEF should be mobilised, where appropriate. Concrete scenarios as regards the continued financial sustainability of individual DSIs are presented for each DSI.
The expected benefits and outcomes and the medium-term perspective are described in more detail for each individual project in Section 3. Great importance will be attached to the monitoring of performance and evaluation. Member States will need to be closely involved in the monitoring of projects of common interest to ensure quality control and ownership. This will be done through regular performance reviews whereby funding can be discontinued if clear performance targets are not met.
2.3 CEF Telecommunications Work Programme 2015 2.3.1 Eligibility criteria and approach Eligibility criteria According to Article 6 of the guidelines, actions contributing to projects of common interest in the field of digital service infrastructures must meet all the following criteria in
order to be eligible for funding:
– reach sufficient maturity to be deployed, as proven in particular through successful piloting under programmes such as the EU programmes related to innovation and research;
– contribute to EU policies and activities in support of the internal market;
– create European added value and have a strategy, which must be updated when appropriate and the quality of which is to be demonstrated by a feasibility and cost-benefit assessment, together with planning for long-term sustainability, where appropriate through funding sources other than CEF;
– comply with international and/or European standards or open specifications and orientations for interoperability, such as the European Interoperability Framework, and capitalise on existing solutions.
Actions in the field of broadband networks must meet all the following criteria:
– make a significant contribution to the realisation of the targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe;
– have sufficiently mature project development and preparation stages that are underpinned by effective implementation mechanisms;
– address market failures or sub-optimal investment situations;
– not lead to market distortions or crowding out of private investment;
– use the technology which is deemed most suitable to address the needs of the area in question, taking into account geographic, social and economic factors based on objective criteria and in line with technological neutrality;