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Technical guidance on the climate proofing of infrastructure in the period 2021-2027 have been published in the Official Journal of the EU from 16.09.2021.



Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 establishes the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the period 2021 to 2027 and lays down the objectives of the CEF, its budget, the forms of European Union funding and the rules for providing such funding.


Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

The Еuropean Commission has adopted and published the Work Programme 2021-2022 for “Horizon Europe” Programme, “Digital, Industry and Space” cluster, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a €3.5 billion in funding for 2021-2022.



The Еuropean Commission has adopted and published the Work Programme 2021-2022 for “Horizon Europe” Programme, “Digital, Industry and Space” cluster

Regulation (EU) 2021/695 establishes Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021 to 2027. The budget for the seven-year period is over 86 billion euros to strengthen the EU's scientific and technological bases and to stimulate innovation, competitiveness and job creation in Europe.


Regulation (EU) 2021/694 establishes the Digital Europe Programme for the period 2021 to 2027 and lays down the objectives of the Programme, its budget, the forms of European Union funding and the rules for providing such funding. 


On 25 March 2021, the Member States, in close cooperation with the Commission, agreed on a Union-wide Connectivity Toolbox, pursuant to the Connectivity Recommendation of 18 September 2020. The Toolbox consists of a set of best practices that are considered as the most efficient in allowing and encouraging operators to roll out very high capacity networks.


Europe’s future is determined by the successful achievement of the digital and green transitions. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economy and society have underlined the crucial role of digital technologies for people andbusinesses. Digital technologies are critical to recover from the crisis, to ensure that everybody and everywhere can benefit from digital opportunities, to foster EU’s resilience and address the risks and dependencies on third countries, as well as to influence EU’s positioning on the global stage.


On February 9, 2021, was held a seminar of the Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network, at which representatives of the National Broadband Competence Office (BCO Bulgaria) were invited to share experience and good practices in promoting the initiative of the European Commission WiFi4EU developed under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to build free high-speed and high-quality wireless internet connection in public areas. 


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organize a  Roundtable on “The Telecommunications industry in the post-COVID-19 world”, to be held on 4 February 2021, 14.00-16.00 CET.

The objective of this Roundtable is to understand and further take stock on some of the changes and potential funding challenges within the telecommunications sector in the post-COVID-19 world, focusing on:

What are the new business and operating models required to connect everyone?


On behalf of the European Commission, the CEF Automated Translation Tools and Services consortium launched a survey in December 2020 to find out how European SMEs would like eTranslation (the CEF Automated Translation platform) to be improved and expanded to include new digital services. You can find the link to the survey below!

The survey focuses on four key areas identified as priorities by the European Commission: 


With Written Statement No. 72 of the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers on 16.12.2020, a Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030 was adopted.


The Broadband Cost Reduction Directive aims to facilitate and incentivise the roll-out of high-speed electronic communications networks by lowering the costs of deployment with a set of harmonised measures.

The Commission is carrying out an evaluation of the current measures under the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and an impact assessment of a new Commission legislative proposal.

This public consultation aims to gather stakeholders’ views on the implementation of the Directive.

The public consultation is open from 02 December to 02 March 2021. 


The new Recovery and Resilience Facility will provide large-scale financial support for Member States' reforms and investments to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make EU economies more sustainable, resilient to shocks and better prepared for the challenges of environmental and digital transition.


The COVID-19 crisis has shown that connectivity is essential for people and businesses in the Union. Electronic communications networks, in particular very high capacity networks, have been playing a crucial role in the response to the crisis by enabling remote working and schooling, healthcare, and personal communication and entertainment. Widespread gigabit connectivity underpins bandwidth-intensive use cases in the fields of health, education, transport, logistics, and media, which can play a key role in Europe’s economic recovery.


Bulgaria has joined the European initiative to create a next generation cloud for Europe. This secure and competitive cloud offering is essential to provide the trustworthy data processing infrastructure and services that public administrations, businesses and citizens require in Europe. In this milestone achievement, the signatory Member States agree to work together towards deploying resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe.


The European Commission is announcing a public consultation about the implementation evaluation of EU Guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to the rapid deployment of broadband networks (the Broadband Guidelines, the Guidelines). The consultation is addressed in particular to organisations, public authorities, regulators and others who apply the the State aid rules for the deployment of broadband infrastructure, but all citizens are welcome to contribute to this consultation.


By Decision No 555 and Decision No 556 of the Council of Ministers of 6 August 2020, an updated National Broadband Infrastructure Plan for Next Generation Access "Connected Bulgaria" and an Updated policy in the field of electronic communications of the Republic of Bulgaria were adopted.


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a European strategy for data. The results of this study will be included in possible Commission initiatives on data access and reuse in the coming months. Participation in the consultation is done by filling out a survey.


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