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Departments' Strategic / Management Plans & Activity Reports

Multiannual strategic plans set out the Commission departments' longer-term strategy and objectives while management plans set out the main actions and outputs for the year ahead. Activity reports show how far the previous year's objectives were achieved and what resources were used.

Strategic plans 2016-2020

The strategic plans of departments are built around the Commission-level general objectives and department-level specific objectives.

The general objectives are based on the 10 political priorities of the Juncker Commission, supported by impact indicators to help measure progress towards their achievement. All departments have been asked to explain clearly to which of the Commission's political priorities they contribute and how.

The specific objectives are tailored objectives for each Directorate-General. These are accompanied by result indicators, milestones and targets so that measurement and reporting is possible on the progress the department makes towards reaching its specific objectives.

Management plans

Every year, each Commission department establishes a management plan defining the main actions and outputs for the year ahead and how these will contribute to meeting the objectives set, reflecting:

  • the State of the Union address by the Commission President and the Commission work programme;
  • the links between the department's objectives and the available resources as included in the budget.

The purpose of the strategic and management plans is to:

  • help Commission departments align their own objectives on the Commission's overall policy objectives
  • plan and manage activities to achieve objectives, using resources efficiently
  • set performance indicators for monitoring progress during the year
  • identify the main risks which may have an impact on achieving objectives and suggest how to address them
  • provide a basis for reporting on results in the annual activity report
  • draw conclusions from lessons learnt from past experience.

Annual activity reports

The activity reports enable the Commission to assess how its departments have performed in managing resources and achieving objectives.

The reports serve as:

  • an account of how key policy objectives and core activities have been achieved, and the corresponding resources used.
  • a report covering all aspects of management.
  • a declaration of assurance by the heads of department (Directors-General) that all financial transactions under their responsibility were legal and correct.

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