The work programme shows how the Commission plans to give practical effect to the political priorities set out by the President. It provides a multiannual overview to help stakeholders and the other EU institutions plan their work with the Commission.
The Commission's overarching priorities for 2014-19 are set out in the President's political guidelines
Priorities and objectives for the year ahead are spelled out in the President's State of the European Union address each autumn.
Major initiatives must be accompanied by impact assessments. Commission departments prepare "roadmaps" of planned impact assessment work.
Monthly progress reports are sent to the other institutions together with an overview of Commission initiatives planned until the end of each.