The interconnection of EU policies seems to be a complex issue. To help you understand this complexity, we present a panel of five speakers who will guide you through the concept of EU policy-making and provide concrete impact of these policies on the ground. Stay tuned while we walk you through pragmatic steps to achieve Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

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The EU is the biggest trading block in the world.

The aim of PCSD is to help policy makers to make coherent choices. To make sure that trade policies are in line with development corporation policies and that both of them contribute to the benefit of people.

Evert-Jan Brouwer

Network Member, EU-CORD

We (EU) are not only the big trading block, we are also consumers. If every citizen worldwide will live like the average European resident, we would, by end of this year, need 2.8 planets to satisfy our demands.

We need clear roles for all companies across commodities to be sure that we are having a level playing field where everybody follows the same rules and then we can ensure that we do not destroy what is left of the pristine environment and preserve our planet for the next generation.

Anke Schulmeister

WWF European Policy Office

The trade policy is a highly debated policy in Europe and trade policy remains focused on trying to achieve the European Economic objective.

What we feel is that, still today; the EU listens too much to economic interest groups and does too little for social development and the environment.

Marc Maes


The problem is with trade liberalisation. Opening up markets and pushing for trade liberalisation does strengthen the economics of scale, it increases and favours the powers of the bigger players.

There is a real and urgent need for a change and a shift of the agricultural policies.

Karin Ulmer

ACT Alliance EU

Companies are often engaging in profit-shifting practices to avoid paying taxes where they are actually creating value or making profits.

It’s quite concerning that we don’t have proper regulation of EU companies behaviour abroad, so there is no real cross-sectorial regulation of how companies are supposed to behave with regards to human rights or the environment.

Lis Cunha

ActionAid EU office


The EU has a lot of impact:

We need bold leadership:

The 4 dimensions of Sustainable Development: