Foreign Affairs Council (Development) 1/3: extracts from the arrivals
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
On 12 December, the Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.
The Council will first debate the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development and poverty eradication. Ministers will take stock of work at UN level on a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. The Council is also due to discuss financial aspects and will adopt conclusions on financing poverty eradication and sustainable development beyond 2015.
In addition, the Council will debate policy coherence for development, on the basis of the EU's 2013 report on policy coherence for development, and adopt conclusions.
Finally, the Council will be briefed about the implementation of the agenda for change and debate development cooperation in the Great Lakes region. During lunch, ministers will discuss the EU-Myanmar task force that took place from 13-15 November.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Ashton High, Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC: Yanukovych made it clear to me that he intends to sign the Association Agreement, what he talked about were the short-term economic issues that the country faces, it is my view that those challenges, which are real, can be addressed by the support that not only comes from the European Union institutions but actually by showing that he has the serious economic plan in signing the Association Agreement also will help to bring in the country investments that they need.
||Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Danish Minister for Development and Cooperation
||SOUNDBITE (English) Hillevi Maria Engström, Swedish Minister for International Development: I am looking forward to meeting my new colleagues in the Council, we will discuss the post 2015 agenda and also we will have an interesting discussion about the Great Lakes region. I think it is important for EU now to take an exact step on the post-2015 agenda, it is better to listen and have a good procedure, we will get back to that later on next year.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Dirk Niebel, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany: I believe that best refugee policy is to prevent fleeing through the improvement of living conditions in these people's home countries. EU is one of the world's greatest development donors. The structures changes in developing countries will facilitate the creation of perspective for their people, however it takes too long therefore I believe that sustainable poverty reduction is only possible through sustainable economic development. For this reason I am glad that WTO has managed to adopt a development oriented conclusion that will contribute to the creation of opportunities not only for developing countries but also our enterprises within the EU and to see together that living conditions are improved.