On 3rd Dec 2018 the EU Council adopted its position (partial general approach) on a proposal to ensure that the EU’s flagship programme Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will continue to fund key projects in the areas of transport, digital and energy beyond 2020.
The general approach is ‘partial’ as it excludes financial and horizontal issues. These are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) covering the period 2021 to 2027.
The draft regulation lays down the objectives of the programme, its budget for the period 2021-2027, the forms of EU funding and the rules for providing the funding.
The aim of the CEF proposal is to develop, modernise and complete the trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital. It will accelerate investment in these networks and leverage funding from both the public and private sectors.
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