M. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will participate in the informal meeting of EU development ministers, to be held in Brussels on 20 February and led by the High Representative, in the presence of Commissioner Mimica.
The following items will be on the agenda:
- Future of the partnership agreement between the EU and the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States: the ministers will talk about the preparatory work for starting negotiations with the ACP States with a view to renewing the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in 2020. France will stress the importance of setting the future political and cooperation agreement in an ambitious, demanding framework.
- Mid-term review of the European Union’s external assistance instruments: these exchanges will provide an opportunity to take stock mid-term of the external assistance instruments, ahead of forthcoming discussions on EU external assistance priorities and arrangements, as part of the debate on the next multiannual financial framework.
- The lunch will be devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals and UN reform: M. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will reaffirm France’s commitment to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, following the decisions of the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID) on 8 February.