Development / Finland: meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Finnish development and cooperation minister Ville Skinnari (13 November 2020)

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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is meeting today with Ville Skinnari, the Finnish Minister for Development, Cooperation and Foreign Trade.

Their discussions will focus on EU development policy in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. They will reaffirm their support for the efforts made by the EU and its member states as part of the Team Europe approach supporting the most vulnerable countries, especially in Africa. They will welcome the support given to those efforts by member states’ development agencies, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In the run-up to the next summit between the EU and the African Union, Mr. Lemoyne and Mr. Skinnari will discuss the partnership between the EU and Africa aimed at promoting a sustainable, inclusive and greener economic recovery.

France and Finland have convergent approaches in the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s new Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). Our two countries agree on the need to give priority to the African continent and to raise the ambition of the draft regulations on climate and the environment as well as gender equality.

The ministers will also discuss the negotiations conducted by the European Commission on the conclusion of a new ambitious agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. France and Finland want this agreement to strengthen the partnership between the EU and its ACP partners and to contribute to the establishment of a set of common principles of democracy, the rule of law and governance.