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Informal meeting of ministers responsible for development (FAC)

Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)


Informal meeting of ministers responsible for development

The informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for development begins with a lunch discussion on engagement with more advanced developing countries (including middle income countries), to be followed by discussions on digital for development and the strategic approach to resilience. Ministers will discuss the External Investment Plan over dinner.

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Arrivals, doorsteps and handshake at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)


Working lunch: engagement with more advanced developing countries

The new European Consensus on Development, adopted in June 2017, commits the EU and its member states to develop new partnerships and innovative engagement with more advanced developing countries, including middle income countries. The ministers' discussions will concentrate on the opportunities for cooperation, including and beyond financial cooperation with these countries.


Tour de table


Plenary Session I

Digital for development:

Promoting the use of digital solutions and technologies in development cooperation is one of the main priorities of the Estonian Presidency in the field of development cooperation. The core of the discussion of the EU development ministers will be on the question of how to translate into action the two-policy framework that has evolved in recent years in the EU’s development cooperation in order to quickly bring tangible digital dividends to those in need.

approx 16.35

Family photo

approx 17.00

Plenary Session II

Resilience in practice: the operationalisation of the humanitarian-development nexus

The Foreign Affairs Council (development) of 19 May 2017 adopted Council conclusions on operationalising the humanitarian-development nexus and requested a follow-up discussion during the informal meeting in Tallinn. In addition, the Commission and the High Representative have adopted the Joint Communication on A Strategic Approach to Resilience in the EU’s external action, which recognises the need to move away from crisis containment to a more structural, long-term, non-linear approach to vulnerabilities, with an emphasis on anticipation, prevention and preparedness. 

The ministers’ discussions will focus on options to enhance collaboration between EU institutions and member states in humanitarian and development action, and in joint political dialogue and diplomatic engagement to more effectively address situations of fragility and protracted crises.

approx 18.40

Exit doorsteps

By Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission and Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Dinner: external investment plan

The EU’s External Investment Plan will encourage investment in EU partner countries in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood region. It will promote inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development and, through this, tackle some of the root causes of irregular migration. The ministers will discuss the next steps concerning the operationalisation of the External Investment Plan, including the European Fund for Sustainable Development.


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejueda

European External Action Service / Spokesperson for development and humanitarian aid

+32 460791716 carlos.martin@ec.europa.eu

Armo Vask

Armo Vask

Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Spokesperson


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