CEF Digital programme highlights Global Gateways projects at Submarine Networks EMEA 2023

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At this year’s Submarine Networks EMEA event, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) showcased many of the projects funded by the first round of its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital programme, as well as sharing guidance on how potential applicants can apply for funding

First announced back in 2021, the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital Programme aims to leverage both private and public funding to support the digital infrastructure projects across the bloc.

CEF Digital will improve, secure, and nurture innovation via numerous connectivity infrastructure projects, spanning from gigabit-capable fixed networks to 5G mobile networks, and even submarine cable systems across Europe. These actions will receive more than €1 billion in funding between 2021 and 2023, with HaDEA managing more than €710 million.

The first set of calls for proposals was launched in January 2022 with a total budget of €258 million earmarked for five calls. Under the call on Backbone connectivity for Digital Global Gateways, HaDEA manages the following projects:

Works (Total EU contribution: €64.4 million)

Build the future Canary Islands submarine cable connection
LDV – Interconnection and Colocation Center
Digital Gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean
Submarine cable connecting Mauritania to Portugal and Europe
Submarine cable system between Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in Canary Islands
Submarine cable between Marseille (France) and Bizerte (Tunisia).

Studies (Total EU contribution: €17.6 million)

Portugal Ireland Spain Connecting Europe Subsea
Black Sea Landing Point
Tusass Connect 1
Resilient Stockholm Archipelago Backbone
Study to deploy new submarine cables in Canary Islands
West European Coast Festoon
Planning of development of the autonomous digital backbone and connecting Europe with global strategic partners

The conference saw the European Commission’s Head of Unit, Investment in High-Capacity Networks, DG Connect, Franco Accordino explore some of these projects in a News in Brief session. He also later spoke on a panel session focussed on funding subsea infrastructure through public-private partnerships.

If you want to learn more about these projects and how to apply for EU funding, click here

 

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