Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting of EU development ministers on November 25.
- Financial architecture for development: the ministers discussed the future architecture for sustainable development and the neighborhood policy following the October publication of the report by the Wise Persons’ Group. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne stressed the need for stronger management of the European development policy, especially with respect to financial instruments.
- Development assistance for countries in transition: the ministers discussed the methodology to be adopted to improve cooperation between the EU and member states with a view to supporting development in these countries, especially Ethiopia and Sudan. France is in favor of a strong EU commitment to these countries and underscored the French contribution to their transition.
- Gender equality: the ministers addressed this issue from the angle of education, with the Ethiopian education minister in attendance. This is a priority for France, which introduced several initiatives during its G7 presidency and is determined to pursue its efforts in this area.
- Global Refugee Forum: the ministers discussed this forum, which will be held in Geneva on December 17-18 under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as current progress on negotiating a new agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, designed to replace the current Cotonou Agreement.