EU development cooperation issues discussed in Tallinn
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended an informal meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Development on 11 September in Tallinn, which focused on further cooperation between the European Union and middle-income countries.
“The European Union has to look strategically at cooperation with middle-income countries, while these countries can and must take more responsibility for stability in their regions. We cannot forget that they are home to three quarters of the world’s poorest people. Therefore, these countries need our support and it must, first of all, be provided mainly for achieving good governance, strengthening democratic institutions, as well as creating a better business environment,” said Germanas.
The Vice-Minister highlighted the experience of the implementation of reforms that was gained by the European Union, including Lithuania, and suggested extending the application of the EU Twinning programme. This programme aims at promoting cooperation between different countries’ affiliated institutions, strengthening the administrative capacity of beneficiary countries and helping them to implement the necessary reforms.
The Ministers also discussed the implementation of the External Investment Plan with one of its main instruments - the new European Fund for Sustainable Development.
“The use of this fund in order to attract additional investment to the states that are implementing association agreements with the EU - Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - should contribute to the success of these countries on their ambitious reform path and to the creation of a secure and stable EU Eastern Neighbourhood,” said the Vice-Minister.
In Tallinn, the Ministers also exchanged their views on digital technologies’ impact on development, enhancing crisis response in partner countries, as well as strengthening synergies between development cooperation and humanitarian aid measures.