The unit is responsible for the overall management and coordination of ICT RD&I work programmes in H2020 and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It ensures the strategic follow-up of the longer-term initiatives of the third pillar of DSM. In particular, the unit coordinates the preparation of the work programmes and cooperation with other research DGs on H2020, manages and coordinates ICT Committees, NCPs, and advisory groups, notably the Connect Advisory Forum (CAF). As regards CEF, the unit prepares the annual work programmes in close cooperation with the "owners" of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSI), managing contacts with Member States through the CEF Committee, and monitoring progress. The unit is responsible for the DG's finance strategy including input to MFF and overall coordination of the use of various financial instruments including EFSI, structural funds, in combination with other finance sources for projects in the scope of DG CONNECT in close cooperation with Directorate B. The unit is acting as interface with international and European financial institutions, and other private and public stakeholders at EU, national and regional level to promote investment through financial instruments, in close collaboration with line directorates.