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Interinstitutional: Planning of policies and work programme

Interinstitutional: Planning of policies and work programme

Interinstitutional (Unit D.2)

To ensure that DG Connect's initiatives match our political objectives and stakeholders' expectations, while being in line with better regulation principles. Legislative and non-legislative initiatives should be of good quality and delivered to the other Institutions on time.


Ensure that the DG's planning follows political guidance and EU strategic objectives, with realistic timelines for delivery thereby preventing delays.  Deliver an efficient and well-coordinated work programme which responds to political and stakeholders input. D2 also ensures that the DG's initiatives are adopted in respect of Commission rules (SG guidelines on internal Commission procedures) and in a timely way with a view to achieve expected political results. We provide advice to services on the Commission's procedural rules.The preparation of the CWP 2015 (in compliance with the Framework agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission[1]) would need to adapt to the timeline of the appointment of the new Commission and the phasing-out requirements of the actual college.In 2015 D2 will actively work on the integration and implementation within CONNECT of the new "DECIDE" IT platform which will bundle, as from November 2014 onwards, applications such CIS-net, Agenda Planning and eGreffe, and as from 2015, BASIL (application for EP questions) and ASAP (for National Parliament questions).In terms of work programme, D2 will ensure that the outcome of the preparatory work for the new College are adequately matched with the institutional requirements i.e. CWP. In parallel it will continue to assess the impact of clear signals from some MS and EP on the need for reform, better regulation and evidence-based policy making in line with REFIT and signals from some MS on the need for reform and modernisation of the public sector. This will entail close collaboration with units 02, F4 and D4 and investing further on early and wide consultation on proposals; better Impact Assessments (with maximum attention to subsidiarity and proportionality);  carrying out ex-post evaluations of legislation [1]


The policy programming cycle is complex and requires several obligatory steps, in particular Agenda Planning, Secretariat General roadmap, Public consultation, Impact assessment, Inter-service consultations, translations, adoption procedure. It is important to ensure that the delivery of our policies is not hindered by difficulties in following this cycle.  Therefore planning needs to integrate the time needsed for obligatory steps.  The rate of delivery of Commission Work Programme initiatives (strategic initiatives of the DG for a given year) and Rolling Work Programme initiatives (all DG's initiatives for a given year) could still be improved with a better planning culture in the DG. In 2015 we will strive to reach 100% delivery of the strategic initiatives.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
6.10 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:

Rolling Work Programme (RWP)

Timely preparation of the Rolling Work Programme (RWP) note  

Timeframe: Target 31/12/2014



RWP note delivered every month to the Management Team, explaing state of play for each initiative

Target 100% (31/12/2014)
Baseline 100% (2013)

Commission Work Programme (CWP)

Preparation of CNECT contribution to the Commission Work Programme (CWP)

Timeframe: Target 31/12/2014



CONNECT's initiatives and their respective roadmaps are prepared by the Secretary General deadline

Target 100% (31/12/2014)
Baseline 100% (2013)

RWP implementation rate

  1. RWP implementation rate, i.e.
  • the number of CNECT RWP initiatives implemented in a year including initiatives merged and cancelled
  • the number of CNECT RWP initiatives implemented in a year excluding initiatives merged and cancelled

Timeframe: 31/12/2014



Number of CNECT RWP initiatives implemented in a year excluding initiatives merged and cancelled

Target 85% (31/12/2014)
Baseline 82% (2013)

Number of CNECT RWP initiatives implemented in a year including initiatives merged and cancelled

Target 65% (31/12/2014)
Baseline 45% (2013)

CWP Implementation rate

CWP implementation rate, i.e. number of planned CNECT CWP initiatives delivered in a year compared to the number of all planned CNECT CWP initiatives for that year

Timeframe: 31/12/2014



Number of planned CNECT CWP initiatives delivered in a year compared to the number of planned CNECT CWP initiatives for that year (lead indicator)

Target 100% (31/12/2014)
Baseline 66.66% (2013)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • DG CONNECT is a lean, modern, effective and efficient public administration

CONNECT D2 contributes to a lean and modern public administration by ensuring that legislative proposals can be examined and adopted in a timely manner by other Institutions.