The next EP resolution on Policy Coherence for Development is in preparation. In this framework, Evert-Jan Brouwer (Woord en Daad / EU-CORD) addressed, on behalf of CONCORD, the European Parliament during a workshop on Policy coherence for  Development organised by the MEP Cristian Preda, the European Parliament Standing Rapporteur for Policy Coherence for Development.

The discussion aimed to stimulate a debate on the EU’s performance in implementing Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and the challenges ahead, especially in relation to the implementation of the SDGs. CONCORD’s inputs focused on the need to adapt PCD mechanisms to the multiple dimensions of coherence that the SDGs universal agenda is bringing forward.

Greater attention should be given to ensure that ex-ante-impact assessments on new policy proposals from the European Commission properly address the question of how these future policies will impact sustainable development outside of Europe. CONCORD’s detailed recommendations on this are laid down in the Spotlight policy paper on the Better Regulation Package published last year.

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In addition, Evert-Jan emphasized the role of the EU Delegation in developing countries that should act more and more as an early warning system of policy incoherencies and feed the policy-making and programming cycles with specific context analysis that includes an assessment of the impact of EU policies in the countries they operate in.

The vote of the new resolution in the EP’s Development Committee is expected on 20 April and the Plenary will take place in June.