The Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy is responsible for development and the implementation of the European cohesion policy. It handles the absorption of funds provided by the European Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund, as defined by the applicable legislation of the European Union. Ministries, government offices and other stakeholders are included in this process as the national managing authorities. The Office coordinates and monitors their activities for the implementation of the cohesion policy and reports to the Government. It provides conditions for the establishment, maintenance and functioning of the information system for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the cohesion policy. It provides advice to the Government and ministries on adopting measures and legal acts referring to the implementation and monitoring of development and cohesion policy. It is responsible for the consistency of national development planning documents and the consistency of the national development planning documents with the development documents of the European Union and other international organisations. The Office also performs management tasks related to other financial mechanisms, such as the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Financial Mechanism.