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Monday, 18 July 2011

Informal meeting of development ministers

Under the Polish Presidency, an informal meeting of EU ministers in charge of development took place in Sopot on 14th-15th July. On behalf of EU High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security Catherine Ashton, the meeting was chaired by Krzysztof Stanowski, Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also taking part was the Commissioner in charge of Development Andris Piebalgs. The ministers discussed the shape of financial instruments of the EU’s external policy after 2013, development policy towards Central Asia and the Pacific, joint programming and preparations to the Fourth High Level Forum on Effective Assistance in Busan (29th Novmeber -1st December). […] The first session was devoted to the future architecture of financial instruments. The starting point of the discussion was the proposed EU budget for 20142-2020, submitted by the EC on 29th June this year. The Commissioned proposed increasing resources for external activities from €57 million to €750 billion in 2014-2020. The discussion at the second thematic sessions centred on development strategies for Central Asia and the Pacific. […] The meeting afforded an occasion to exchange views on future cooperation in the Pacific region, especially as regards EU commitments on counteracting the results of climate change. […] The meeting ended with a session devoted to the Fourth High Level Forum on Effective Assistance. The Fourth Forum in Pusan will be the most important event in the field of development during the Polish Presidency. The purpose of the meeting of ministers in Sopot was to continue the discussion on the shape of the common EU position at that Forum.

Source: Polish Presidency