|Target||100 % (December 2014)|
We aim to ensure that sufficient appropriations are available in order to implement DG Connect's policies and to ensure optimal use of the credits available in compliance with the Financial Regulation, the Internal Rules and the Internal Control Standards (ICS).
This priority includes a wide set of actions, in particular:- Preparation and planning of DG Connect's budget.- Internal allocation and monitoring of administrative appropriations.- Management of sub-delegations and financial roles.- Initiation of Directorate R's transactions.- Registration of all DG Connect commercial invoices.- Effective public procurement capability (Verification of the full cycle).- Support to the DG Connect's financial and operational services.
In the context of budget restrictions (e.g. the administrative appropriations), we would like to continue improving the calculation of the appropriations needed, optimizing the budget execution and, in compliance with the rules, simplifying the processes, including the financial circuits.In addition, the centralisation of activities to a Centre of excellence (probably within Unit R2) is under examination, in order to harmonise processes and obtain efficiency gains.
In 2014, DG Connect had to face a significant lack of payment appropriations and, as a result, was not able to honour all its FP7 and CIP financial obligations on time. Therefore, DG Connect decided to block payments to consortia with a low participation of SMEs during several months.
As far as 2015 is concerned, the situation is more favourable and DG Connect expects to honour its financial commitments on time.