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The policy coherence for development (PCD) is a concept launched in 2005, when, at the moment of the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have taken the responsibility to promote this concept by taking into account the objectives of the development cooperation in all policies which can affect developing states.

The coherence of development policies = the coherence of all policies which have effects and impact on the developing states.

Which are the most affected fields?

Trade, environment, security, agriculture, fishing, decent work, migration, research and innovation, information, transport, energy.  

Why do we need this coherence?

Because sometimes EU policies are not only not helping poor countries, but can also undermine their development efforts.

Exemples of incoherence of development politics:

Migration - although it can have positive effects on international development, the migration policies have some negative aspects as well - the so-called ''brain drain'' from the developing states which leads to the loss of qualified workforce in these countries.

Encouraging illegal migration and discrimination against immigrants by practicing restrictive politics regarding migration, a phenomenon which implicitly leads to breaching human rights for immigrants within developing countries.

Agriculture - by implementing a subsidies' system for European farmers, EU member states can export agricultural products for a price smaller than the cost of production, a fact which makes the competition with poor countries impossible. Bearing in mind the fact that the economy of the majority of African states is dependent on the export of agricultural products and animals, this EU policy contributes to the increase of poverty in these countries.

Education - the incoherence is caused on one hand by the support of the education and proffesional formation as a thematic priority for poor countries and on the other hand , by the inexistence of scholarship and qualification programmes available for the citizens of these states.

 

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