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CEF – Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways – 2023

CEF - The Connecting Europe Facility program aims at promoting growth, jobs and competitiveness through infrastructure investment at European level.

90 million euro

Appeal framework

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Program CEF - Connecting Europe Facility
Institution European Commission
Sectors Business & Industry Cooperation & Development Culture, Media & Communication Research & Innovation Technology & Digital Territorial Development
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


To support the deployment of strategic networks as part of the Digital Global Gateway Strategy of the EU, contributing to strengthen the quality of connectivity within the Union as well as with third countries.

Among financed actions

  • Works
  • Studies

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: up to 36 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Total budget of the call: 90 million euro
  • Amount per topic:
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-STUDIES – CEF-PJG CEF: 15 million euro
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-WORKS – CEF-INFRA CEF: 75 million euro
  • Amount of the grant:
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-STUDIES – CEF-PJG CEF: 5 million euro
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-WORKS – CEF-INFRA CEF: 20 million euro
  • Co-financing rate:
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-STUDIES – CEF-PJG CEF: 50% of the total eligible costs
    • CEF-DIG-2023-GATEWAYS-WORKS – CEF-INFRA CEF: 70 % of the total eligible costs
    • For all other cateogries (“project funding rate”): 30% of the total eligible costs
    • For projects concerning strong cross-border dimension: 50% of the total eligible costs

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