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EU directors-general for development cooperation at informal meeting on “Team Europe” initiatives

The Acting Director-General for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation, Anita Pipan, attended an informal meeting of EU directors-general for development cooperation. This time, the focus was on the “Team Europe” initiatives, financing for development, the Southern Neighbourhood, and COVID-19 in terms of support for public health.

As part of the discussion on Team Europe initiatives, the directors-general took note of the latest state of play of the programming of development aid for the 2021–2027 period. The spotlight was on the review of 49 Team Europe initiatives designed to assist partner countries in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and which the European Commission considers to be sufficiently prepared to allow EU delegations and member states’ embassies to start implementation. Acting Director-General Pipan voiced her support for the launch of preparations to implement “Team Europe” initiatives on the ground, highlighted the importance of transparency, involvement, and regular reporting in further work, and communicated Slovenia’s interest in cooperation.

Views were exchanged on sustainable financing issues, and the Global Recovery Initiative was presented, linking debt relief to investments in SDGs. Acting Director-General Pipan emphasised that the issue of sustainable financing will continue to be of paramount importance to reduce inequalities, achieve green reconstruction based on environmental protection, and build resilient economies.

Mindful of the debate at the European Council on 21 January 2021, which was devoted to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the directors-general also touched on this issue, particularly in the light of support for public health in partner countries. Acting Director-General Pipan stressed the importance of collective global action in this field, aimed at strengthening public health and ensuring equal access for all.

At the meeting, the European Commission also presented the Joint Communication on renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood and the Joint Communication on humanitarian aid, which will be made public in the coming weeks.