European Union – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s participation in the informal meeting of ministers for development (Tallinn, 11 September 2017)


Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will take part in the informal meeting of EU ministers for development in Tallinn on September 11, at the invitation of the Estonian presidency and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

The discussions will focus on current development assistance issues: innovative undertakings with middle-income countries, the digital transition in developing countries and strengthening the links between humanitarian action and development policy. The ministers will also discuss the External Investment Plan, an innovative European instrument aimed at supporting public and private investment to promote the development of the African continent and the EU Neighborhood. This plan will notably include a European Fund for Sustainable Development, with a budget totaling €3.35 billion by 2020; it should make it possible to raise up to €44 billion in investment projects. France will argue in favor of its swift implementation at the EU-Africa summit on November 29 and 30.

During this visit, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will meet with Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, as well as with his Belgian, Swedish and British counterparts.