With this paper, CONCORD wishes to share its critical analysis of the third biennial report of the EU on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) that was published on 20 December 2011. Comparisons and references are made to CONCORD’s own report on PCD entitled “Spotlight on EU Policy Coherence for Development”, published in November 2011, and the previous one published in October 2009.

Key findings include:

  • The lack of visibility of the EU 2011 report leads CONCORD to believe that, compared to 2009, PCD has lost a great deal of political profile
  • The 2011 EU Report on PCD is insufficient in meeting its own objective of monitoring progress “by the EU and its Member States”
  • Lack of information on how much the PCD concept is being addressed by other policy areas
  • Highlighting success stories and gaps would be beneficial
  • The Work Programme should be reviewed and updated to better serve its purpose
  • The EU reporting process on PCD could be largely improved by organising stakeholders’ participation in the report preparation, and ensuring the visibility of the report itself