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Call: eInvoicing

Acronym CEF
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Connecting Europe Facility"
The CEF shall enable projects of common interest to be prepared and implemented within the framework of the transeuropean networks policy in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. In particular, the CEF shall support the implementation of those projects of common interest which aim at the development and construction of new infrastructures and services, or at the upgrading of existing infrastructures and services, in the three sectors.
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Description of programme
"CEF - Telecom"

In the telecommunications sector, the CEF shall support actions that pursue the objectives specified in a Regulation on guidelines for trans-European networks in the area of telecommunications infrastructure.

Description of call
Three activities will be supported in WP2016. One will be the uptake of eInvoicing solutions, the second will support service providers in implementing the EN and the third complements the previous two with the integration of eDelivery services.
  • Uptake of eInvoicing solutions: To promote the uptake and speed up the use of the eInvoicing DSI amongst both public and private entities established in the EU and EEA countries participating in the CEF Telecom programme, Generic Services will be supported through grants under the 2016 budget with the purpose of putting solutions for the exchange of eInvoices in place. The appropriate technical solutions and organisational set-up will have to be put in place to make sure that, in particular, regional and local authorities can exchange eInvoices with economic operators at an affordable cost for them. To foster interoperability between Member States, preference will be given to solutions that are already on the market and which allow cross-border exchanges of eInvoices. Solutions should be based on existing technical specifications developed within the framework of European standardisation organisations such as CEN mentioned in the eInvoice Directive 2014/55/EU and take into account the results of Large-Scale Pilot Projects like PEPPOL implemented within the framework of the Policy Support Programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Moreover, other solutions which are based on European or international standards in the domain of eInvoicing can also be considered, provided that they envisage compliance with the EN on electronic invoicing.
  • Support to implementation of the EN: To pave the way to the EN in existing solutions. The EN draft will be ready in 2016 alongside a list of syntaxes that supports the EN. It is important that existing solutions implement this EN to support the standardization process in CEN through feed-back from the market and to finally contribute to achieving the objective of the eInvoicing Directive.
  • Integration of eDelivery services: All the Generic Services projects under this section are expected, for the purpose of document delivery, to either directly deploy the eDelivery Building Block (See section 3.4), or use eDelivery through a service provider. If eDelivery is not deployed, the beneficiaries must prove the use of eDelivery services though a service provider for cross-border communication as the minimal accepted scope. The specific objectives of this activity are:
    • to deploy access points and/or to operate access points for one year;
    • to deploy Service Metadata Publishers and/or to operate Service Metadata Publishers for one year;
    • to upgrade data exchange solutions (Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS), Open-Source Software (OSS) and other) to support, and therefore fully comply with, the CEF eDelivery standards.
The Core Service Platform of the eDelivery DSI, set up under WP2014, will make available a testing platform to ensure that the deployment of eDelivery in this sector complies with the technical specifications defined by the eDelivery DSI. The deployment of eDelivery will also contribute to the compliance with the requirements set out in the eIDAS Regulation
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Thematic Focus Innovation
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants National Government, Other
Applicant details The first activity - Uptake of eInvoicing solutions - is specifically targeting contracting authorities in Member States who operate on local and regional level. 
The second activity - Support to implementation of the EN - targets solution providers, for integrating the EN in their existing eInvoicing solutions, and procuring authorities who are already using eInvoicing solutions for integrating the EN. 
For the third activity - Integration of eDelivery services - there will be support only if integrated in a proposal for one of the other activities.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least 4 entities from one or several Member States or EEA countries participating in the CEF Telecom programme, which support one of the actions mentioned above. 
Recurring Call No
Project duration max 12 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Indicative total budget for 2016: 7 million € for Generic Services
Funding rate: 75% of the total eligible costs

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