Article 153

1. Without prejudice to the functions attributed to the Budget Committee in Section 6, the Management Board shall have the following functions:
(a) on the basis of a draft submitted by the Executive Director in accordance with Article 157(4)(c), adopting the annual work programme of the Office for the coming year, taking into account the opinion of the Commission, and forwarding the adopted annual work programme to the European Parliament, to the Council and to the Commission;
(b) on the basis of a draft submitted by the Executive Director in accordance with Article 157(4)(e) and taking into account the opinion of the Commission, adopting a multiannual strategic programme for the Office, including the Office's strategy for international cooperation, following an exchange of views between the Executive Director and the relevant committee in the European Parliament, and forwarding the adopted multiannual strategic programme to the European Parliament, to the Council and to the Commission;
(c) on the basis of a draft submitted by the Executive Director in accordance with Article 157(4)(g), adopting the annual report and forwarding the adopted annual report to the European Parliament, to the Council, to the Commission and to the Court of Auditors;
(d) on the basis of a draft submitted by the Executive Director in accordance with Article 157(4)(h), adopting the multiannual staff policy plan;
(e) exercising the powers conferred on it under Article 152(2);
(f) exercising the powers conferred on it under Article 172(5);
(g) adopting rules on the prevention and management of conflicts of interest in the Office;
(h) in accordance with paragraph 2, exercising, with respect to the staff of the Office, the powers conferred by the Staff Regulations on the Appointing Authority and by the Conditions of Employment on the Authority Empowered to Conclude Contracts of Employment (‘the appointing authority powers’);
(i) adopting appropriate implementing rules to give effect to the Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Employment in accordance with Article 110 of the Staff Regulations;
(j) drawing up the list of candidates provided for in Article 158(2);
(k) ensuring adequate follow-up to the findings and recommendations stemming from the internal or external audit reports and evaluations referred to in Article 210, as well as from investigations of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF);
(l) being consulted before adoption of the guidelines for examination in the Office and in the other cases provided for in this Regulation;
(m) providing opinions and requests for information to the Executive Director and to the Commission where it considers it necessary.


2. The Management Board shall adopt, in accordance with Article 110 of the Staff Regulations and Article 142 of the Conditions of Employment, a decision based on Article 2(1) of the Staff Regulations and on Article 6 of the Conditions of Employment, delegating the relevant appointing authority powers to the Executive Director and defining the conditions under which that delegation of appointing authority powers can be suspended.
The Executive Director shall be authorised to sub-delegate those powers.
Where exceptional circumstances so require, the Management Board may, by way of a decision, temporarily suspend the delegation of the appointing authority powers to the Executive Director and those sub-delegated by the latter, and exercise them itself or delegate them to one of its members or to a staff member other than the Executive Director.