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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport

graph_coverpage_highres.pngConnecting Europe Facility 2.0 (CEF 2.0) 

The general objectives of the CEF 2.0 are to build, develop, modernise, and complete the trans-European networks in the transport, energy, and digital sectors. It also facilitates cross-border cooperation in the field of renewable energy, considering the long-term decarbonisation commitments and the goals of increasing European competitiveness. The programme facilitates synergies among the transport, energy, and digital sectors. The adopted regulation (EU) 2021/1153 on CEF 2.0 may be accessed from the following link: 

EU Budget

The total EU-wide CEF budget for the period starting from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2027 is €33,710,000,000 (in current prices). This includes in part the transport sector:

Transport: €25,807,000,000 (incl. €11,286,000,000 for cohesion countries)​

The Connecting Europe Facility for Transport is a funding instrument that supports projects aimed at building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing ones. The specific objectives of the CEF in the transport sector are (a) to contribute to the development of projects of common interest relating to efficient, interconnected, and multimodal networks and infrastructure for smart, interoperable, sustainable, inclusive, accessible, safe, and secure mobility in accordance with the objectives of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 (b) to adapt parts of the TEN-T for the dual use of the transport infrastructure with a view to improving  both civilian and military mobility.​ Further information on the Connecting Europe Facility - Transport may be found on the CINEA website:


The CEF 2.0 programme shall be managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), which was established on 1st April 2021. For further information about CINEA you may access the below link:

CEF Transport call for proposals

2021 CEF Transport call for proposals

On 16th September 2021, CINEA launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport funding instrument, which makes €7 billion available for projects aiming to build, upgrade and improve European transport infrastructure. The call deadline is 19 January 2022, 17:00 (CET). Submission of application forms have to be made online through the European Funding and Tenders Portal. All applications falling under the Maltese territory shall obtain the MS approval as per article 11 (6) of (EU) 2021/1153. 

 ​A virtual information day on the call was held on 27 September 2021 it can be accessed from the below link:​

The call for proposals makes EU funding eligible for projects under the General, Cohesion and Military Mobility envelopes concerning:

  • Infrastructure projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T (railways, inland waterways, maritime and inland ports, roads, rail-road terminals and multimodal logistics platforms)
  • Smart applications for transport (ERTMS, ITS, SESAR, RIS, etc.)
  • Transport interoperability
  • Alternative fuels infrastructure (including electricity fast-charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure on the TEN-T road network)
  • Motorways of the Sea
  • Multimodal passenger hubs
  • Reduction of rail freight noise
  • Safe and secure parking infrastructure
  • Road safety
  • Improvement of transport infrastructure resilience, in particular to climate change and natural disasters
  • Adaptation of transport infrastructure for Union external border checks purposes
  • Adaptation of the TEN-T to civilian-defence dual-use (Military Mobility envelope)

For further information please read about the CEF Transport call for proposals on the CINEA website available on the following link :​

Calls for proposal: Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility 

  • A rolling call with multiple cut off dates has been launched on 16th September 2021. The objective is to support the deployment of Alternative Fuel supply infrastructure, contributing to decarbonising transport along the TEN-T network. The following Actions will be supported:
  • Actions supporting the roll-out of electricity fast-charging infrastructure of a minimum power output of 150kW, including electricity grid connexion, on the TEN-T road network
  • Actions supporting LNG bunkering for TEN-T maritime and inland ports 
  • Actions supporting the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure on the TEN-T road network and in urban nodes, with priority to long haul heavy-duty transport and public transport;
  • Actions supporting the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling and electricity recharging infrastructure dedicated to and heavy-duty vehicles 
  • Actions supporting the deployment of alternative fuels for TEN-T maritime ports, inland waterways and inland ports, and airports. 

 A virtual information day was held on 14th October 2021. You may access the recorded session on the below link:​

To access the calls please access the link below:;freeTextSearchKeyword=cef-t ​​

The cut-off dates for the above are:
- First cut-off date: 19th January 2022
- Second cut-off date: 7th June 2022
- Third cut-off date: 10th November 2022
- Fourth cut-off date: 13th April 2023
- Fifth and last cut-off date: 19th September 2023

All cut-off dates close at 5:00 pm Malta time.

Member State Approval

It is to be noted that all project submissions require EU Member State’s approval. In the case of Malta, the signatory is the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP). The full and complete application form is to be submitted to the MTIP by no later than 3 weeks prior to the deadline of submission of the projects to CINEA. MTIP may request further clarifications and/or request meetings with the project’s applicant. 

NB: MTIP may not be in position to provide Member State’s approval if the application form is not fully provided and completed on time. ​