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State Secretary Raščan presents Slovenian Presidency priorities at DEVE meeting

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan attended a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE) via video conference and briefed the attendants on key priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Water and gender equality are the main priorities of the Presidency, which are common to both policy areas. He announced Slovenia’s financial contribution of 500,000 euros to the Advanced Market Commitment (COVAX) mechanism, which aims to ensure the distribution of vaccines and address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries. He also announced a donation of 48,000 doses of the vaccine to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a donation of 250,000 doses of vaccine to Egypt.

In his speech, State Secretary Raščan highlighted the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, notably deepening inequalities and the need to strengthen global health and ensure food security. According to him, it is of vital importance that the European Union’s response be determined, united and delivered with a sense of solidarity.

“As the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Slovenia will do everything in its power to achieve a better, greener and more sustainable recovery, as well as a fairer recovery for all. No one in need of immediate humanitarian aid will be left out. We hope that our newly announced contribution to COVAX AMC will further encourage other countries to follow in our footsteps," said State Secretary Raščan. He also reiterated Slovenia’s commitment to solidarity with developing countries, the strengthening of multilateralism and the desire to cooperate closely with the European Parliament during the Slovenian Presidency.