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2015 CEF Telecom Call for proposals now open

by Clara Moller-Nielsen created on Nov 10, 2015 10:40 AM
The 2015 CEF Telecom call for proposals has been published on October 30th 2015. It provides a unique opportunity to leverage on EU financial support for implementing electronic invoicing based on PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) and expanding the PEPPOL eDelivery network of Access Point providers across Europe.
2015 CEF Telecom Call for proposals now open

CEF programme

Please find all relevant information and documents at CEF Telecom call for proposals 2015.

2015 CEF Telecom Work Programme

CEF Telecom is implemented via annual Work Programmes, identifying the priorities and the actions to be launched during the year. The CEF Telecom Work Programme 2015 has identified eleven priorities for developing DSIs including domains such as electronic delivery of documents (eDelivery), eInvoicing, eProcurement, eHealth, eIdentification and eAuthentication.

Under the CEF Telecom Work Programme 2014 the eInvoicing and eDelivery building block DSIs were launched, providing funding for the core service platforms of these digital service infrastructures (DSIs) until the end of 2017. Under the 2015 Work Programme, funding of generic services is supported through grants.

The purpose of these grants for the eInvoicing DSI is to put solutions for the exchange of eInvoices in place, and for the eDelivery DSI to establish access points, promoting their uptake amongst public and private entities in the EU and EEA countries.

Implementing CEF eInvoicing and eDelivery DSIs with PEPPOL

OpenPEPPOL invites European stakeholders from the public and private sector to submit proposals for the CEF Telecom call for generic services for eInvoicing and eDelivery DSIs, utilising PEPPOL specifications, services and governance framework.

The expected outcome is the deployment and adoption of interoperable eInvoicing solutions and services supporting authorities - especially at the regional and local levels - in meeting the requirements of the new eInvoicing Directive. eInvoicing solutions could leverage on the use of eDelivery access points, as the preferred exchange mechanism.

Use of PEPPOL meets the requirements and priorities for actions supported under this Call, through the following features:

  • The PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) v2 for eInvoicing are based on CEN BII (CWA 16562) and will be compliant with the future European standard on eInvoicing, thus meeting the requirements of the eInvoicing Directive.
  • PEPPOL Access Points (eDelivery network) implement the AS2 data exchange protocol and can leverage on the open source implementations available.
  • PEPPOL BIS and PEPPOL eDelivery can be used for regional, national and cross-border exchange of invoices, supporting EU-wide interoperability.
  • PEPPOL BIS and the PEPPOL eDelivery network are results of the European large-scale pilot (LSP) project PEPPOL, and the PEPPOL BIS are also used in the ongoing LSP e-SENS.

National authorities are encouraged to establish PEPPOL Authorities and utilise the distributed PEPPOL governance framework to support regional or local eInvoicing implementations.

Public and private sector organisations should set up consortia to submit proposals, with at least five entities from one of more Member State(s). The CEF Telecom call for eInvoicing requires that the majority of the consortium entities should be from the public sector. The maximum co-financing rates of EU financial assistance to be granted under this call for proposals will not exceed 75% of eligible costs of the action. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 19th, 2016.

OpenPEPPOL support

OpenPEPPOL AISBL will provide guidance to national authorities on how to establish a PEPPOL Authority and help them to provide support for consortia that would like to prepare PEPPOL-based proposals for the 2015 CEF Telecom call for proposals for generic services for eInvoicing and eDelivery DSIs.

OpenPEPPOL plan to publish a more detailed communication document outlining requirements, options and possible business models for public and private entities setting up consortia to implement PEPPOL-based solutions for this call.

For more information about OpenPEPPOL and how the association can provide support for public or private entities that would like to prepare PEPPOL-based proposals in the current CEF Telecom call for proposals for generic services for eInvoicing and eDelivery DSIs, please contact us at

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