We aim to provide a high-quality, prompt and adequate level of support/advice to all the Directorate's operations, whilst respecting the segregation of duties between operational services and financial actors.We aim to ensure a consistent application of rules and procedures within the Directorate, in compliance with the legal environment in force.We seek to foster a better learning culture and knowledge sharing across the Directorate.All actions are carried out in close co-operation with the operational units and the relevant central units and in service of the work that needs to happen in the operational units.
To support the Directorate's operations, management, planning/reporting and cross-Directorate co-operationThe Administration and Finance Unit ("AFU")'s role in this priority includes a wide set of support actions, where improved efficiency and harmonisation can be obtained with the support of horizontal units to align with overall DG level actions. In particular:
At times units work in silos, without the necessary cross-unit collaboration, which would lead to more efficient and effective implementation of work.Units do not share knowledge and best practices sufficiently, which would lead to more efficient and effective implementation of work and expertise development.Financial files are not always handled consistently between units and financial rules may at times be interpreted in a non-coherent manner, exposing the Commission to reputational risk.Tendering for studies is occasionally implemented late, potentially leading to non-optimal budget consumption.
Human Resources: All unit staffKnowledge bases: CONNECTED (our intranet), iKnow (our on-line training tool), the Manual of Procedures, AGE (an internal Commission FAQ forum), iFlow (our IT tool for tracking financial transactions) checklists