Since the Lisbon Treaty, policy coherence for development (PCD) has been a legal obligation on the European Union (EU) and its Member States. However, designing coherent policies is not always an easy task and implementing PCD calls for the right approach and appropriate means.

Although common objectives and clear legal obligations with regard to PCD have been set at EU level, this study shows very varied records of setting up appropriate mechanisms for delivering PCD at the national level. Building
on the OECD methodology, and a study conducted by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM),  our indings have been organised around three elements that are key to establishing a PCD delivery strategy at national level: political commitments, an implementation strategy with clear political objectives, coordination mechanisms, and monitoring and assessment mechanisms.