In today's information and knowledge management era, and in a scenario of electronic administration, the Web Portals of the higher and executive Organs of the State Administration, duly included in the portal of the corresponding Ministry and in that of the Public Administrations, have become an obligatory channel for routing all the information the Organ should offer to the Information Society, and, on the other, administrative procedures and services, both for the completion of formalities and the follow-up thereof.
Moreover, this flow of information to be processed through Web Portals is growing at breakneck speed as a result of the convergence of several determining factors: the citizens' demand for transparent management by the Public Administrations, which is inherent in democratic systems; the globalisation fostered by the Internet phenomenon and the growing availability of digitised information and the capacity to manage it, which is characteristic of the Digital Society we live in.
The importance of this service is of special note in the area of the Secretary of State for Budgets and Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance, since the nature of its functions makes the information generated and the associated services especially relevant to sectors as diverse as business, universities, public Administrations and institutions, both Spanish and international, as well as to the general public.
The State Secretariat for Budget and Expenditure is the senior-level body reporting to the Minister of Finance and Public Administration that directs and coordinates activities relating to the planning, programming and budgeting of the public sector and its personnel costs, and to the design, planning and performance of actions concerning EU funds and regional incentives, particularly the management of funds for regional economic policy and the monitoring and management of Spain's participation in the EU budget.
Since 1997 a Web Portal has been available where citizens will find a broad range of information and services, expanded daily with a view to bringing budget Administration closer to the citizens and to the other Organs of the Public Administrations.