This article series aims to eliminate usage errors and help non-native speakers to write clearly and fluently. We suggest that you always do proper research and use style guides effectively. For anything you are not sure of, feel free to ask us.
concern, concerning, for what concerns
with regard to, in respect of, in terms of.
We often find paragraphs in reports that begin with “concerning XYZ, the Court found that” instead of “with regard to.” This sounds very odd in English.
Concerning the achievement[s] of the six EFA goals, the PEDP report states that sound progress is being made.”
Use “With regard to the achievement[s] of the six EFA goals, the PEDP report states that sound progress is being made.”
However, in English, there is usually no need to start a sentence with a direct reference to the subject matter, as you would in certain other languages, and a different word-order might be better. So a better version could be,
Better “The PEDP report states that sound progress is being made towards the achievement of the six EFA goals.”
Misused English words and expressions in EU publications by Jeremy Gardner [Updated 8.11.2013]