In accordance with the 2015 work programme and pursuant to Article 9 of the CEF
, only those proposals submitted by one of the following types of applicants
• One or more Member States
• With the agreement of the Member States concerned, international organisations,
joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in
In accordance with section 4.3.1 of the work programme, European Free Trade
Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the European Economic Area
(EEA) may participate4 in the call for proposals, even when not explicitly mentioned,
with the same rights, obligations and requirements as EU Member States. At the moment
of the publication of this call, these conditions apply to Norway and Iceland only.5
Where necessary to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest and
where duly motivated, third countries and entities established in third countries may
participate in actions contributing to the projects of common interest. They may not
receive funding under this Regulation, except where it is indispensable to achieve the
objectives of a given project of common interest.
Acceding states and candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy may
also participate in the sector of the CEF covering telecommunications infrastructure in
accordance with agreements signed with the EU. As at the time of the publication of this
call, no such agreements have been signed, same conditions as for third countries apply to acceding states and candidate countries.
Applications presented by third countries and entities established in third countries must
contain the agreement of the Member State concerned by the proposed Action, a letter of
support from the European partner involved in the proposal, as well as a declaration on
why the participation of the applicant is indispensable. Applicants that are entities
established in a third country must also provide proof of the support of the third country
Proposals may be submitted by entities which do not have legal personality under the
applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake
legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantee for the protection of the EU’s
financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
Proposals submitted by natural persons are not eligible.
Any applicant that cannot provide the agreement of the EU Member State or EEA
country concerned will not be eligible.
Applicants may designate affiliated entities within the meaning of Article 122(2)(b) of
the Financial Regulation6
, for the purpose of supporting the implementation of the action
submitted for funding. Such affiliated entities must comply with the eligibility criteria for
For multi-applicant proposals, a coordinator must be designated.
The exclusion criteria are defined in Annex 2 of the 2015 Work Programme. Applicants
must certify that they are not in any of the situations listed below:
i. they are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the
courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business
activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any
analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national
legislation or regulations;
ii. they or persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control over
them have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by
a judgment of a competent authority of a Member State which has the force of res
iii. they have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means
which the contracting authority can justify including by decisions of the EIB and
iv. they are not in compliance with their obligations relating to the payment of social
security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal
provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is
to be performed;
v. they or persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control over
them have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for
fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering or
any other illegal activity, where such illegal activity is detrimental to the Union’s
vi. they are subject to a financial or administrative penalty referred to in Article
109(1) of the Financial Regulation;
vii. they are subject to a conflict of interests;
viii. they are guilty of misrepresenting the information required by the contracting
authority as a condition of participation in the procurement procedure or have
failed to supply that information.
Proposals failing to meet the above criteria will not be further evaluated.
These same exclusion criteria apply to affiliated entities. Applicants and their affiliated
entities, if applicable, must certify that they are not in one of the situations listed above.
The 2015 CEF Telecom Safer Internet call makes an indicative €16.2 million of funding available for proposals in this area.
For any specific questions concerning the call, please check the call FAQ or contact the call Helpdesk.
Register for the Virtual Info Day on 23 November:
30 October 2015
Deadline for submission 19 January 2016
Evaluation of proposals February/March 2016
Consultation of the CEF Committee May 2016
Information to the European Parliament May 2016
Adoption of the Selection Decisions May 2016
Adoption of individual grant agreements as of May 2016
Guide for applicants:
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