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The Commission's "Whole of the Union" Smokescreen

Policy coherence for development

Today, development policymakers need more than ever to work with colleagues to prevent and remediate negative impacts of finance, trade and other policies on developing countries. At the same time, the European Commission is proposing to change directions on policy coherence for development, undermining its power as an EU Treaty obligation, reports Denise Auclair.


Since 1992, the Treaty states clearly that the EU shall take into account its development cooperation objectives, namely sustainable development and poverty eradication, in its other policies which have an impact on developing countries. This obligation is the envy of other EU policy areas, much stronger for example than the “integration” obligation for taking account of the environment in other EU policies...

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