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Sunday, 24 February 2019

The Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen met in Helsinki on Friday (9th July). Piebalgs and Väyrynen discussed Minister Väyrynen's proposal for European Union global strategy, strategic partners, and productivity of development cooperation.

The Commission welcomes the decision taken by the Council  to allocate an amount of €150 million to war-affected populations in Sudan. This decision will allow the EU to assist the Sudanese most in need despite the Government of Sudan's decision not to ratify the revised Cotonou agreement – the political framework of EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries' relations.
EU and Brazilian leaders are set to announce a new "triangular co-operation" initiative, under which they will aim to work together in some of the world's poorest countries, but NGOs say the duo's scheme is self-centred and will simply make conditions worse.
Today the Council has taken the formal decision which will pave the way for the introduction of the euro in Estonia as of 1 January 2011 and will become the 17th European Union country to share the euro currency. "Estonia has achieved a high degree of sustainable economic convergence and is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2011.
A primary objective of this research project is to stimulate thinking about how the context that development policy responds to could change in the long-term. In the face of a changing global development landscape, one challenge that European donors currently confront is the adaptation of their development cooperation systems to address internal deficits and prepare for new external demands.