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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Trans-European Networks (TENs) projects serve fill the missing links in the EU's energy, transport and digital backbone. Title XVI of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU provides the legal basis for trans-European Networks. TENs projects are partly funded by the EU and partly by the EU countries involved.

Starting in 2014, TENs projects will be funded by the Connecting Europe Facility - a new EU mechanism for the period up to 2020 - which groups together the EU finance for the 3 sets of TEN infrastructures into one fund.

In line with the Europe 2020 strategy, the facility aims to by promote cleaner, more sustainable transport modes, more rapid broadband connections and facilitate the use of renewable energy and reduce the EU's dependence on imported energy.

The overall CEF budget for 2014-2020 is over €33 billion.