The tasks of the ERDF managing authority are covered by Division Z3 "General affairs" of The Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports. The ERDF managing authority bears overall responsibility for implementing Bremen’s 2014–2020 ERDF programme and for the projects realised under the programme.
The function of the ERDF certifying authority is fulfilled by the "ERDF Certifying Authority" section in the Budget Division of the Senator for Economics and Ports. The ERDF certifying authority must be functionally independent of the managing authority and the audit authority. It is charged with certifying the expenditure statements and the payment applications before they are sent to the European Commission and thus with confirming that the expenditure statements are true and are based on reliable accounting procedures and verifiable documentation.
The audit authority must be functionally independent of the managing and certifying authorities; it scrutinises whether the management and control system functions effectively. To this end, it undertakes controls on all parties (from the offices of the Senator to the bodies responsible for the projects) and where appropriate makes recommendations for improvements to the system. It reports annually to the EU Commission on the outcome of its examinations.
The function of the ERDF audit authority is assigned to the Senator for Finance.