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Co-chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Estonian foreign minister Sven Mikser, today's informal meeting of EU development ministers began with a lunch discussion on engagement with more advanced developing countries (including middle-income countries), a priority identified in the new European Consensus on Development, adopted in June 2017. The ministers explored opportunities for cooperation, including and beyond financial cooperation with these countries.
EU ministers also discussed how to use digital solutions and technologies in development cooperation, one of the main priorities of the Estonian Presidency.
The ministers thereafter discussed options to enhance collaboration between EU institutions and member states in humanitarian and development action, and in joint political dialogue and diplomatic engagement to more effectively address situations of fragility and protracted crises.
Over dinner this evening, the ministers will discuss the next steps for the operationalisation of the External Investment Plan, including the European Fund for Sustainable Development. The Plan is designed to encourage investment in EU partner countries in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood region. It will promote inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development and, through this, tackle some of the root causes of irregular migration.