EU Foreign Ministers Head to Brussels for Talks on Development Policy, Haiti Reconstruction

The European Union’s development policy and progress of Haiti’s rehabilitation will be high on the agenda of the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Dec. 9.

The ministers will discuss the green paper on the future of the EU’s global development policy, which was released by the European Commission in November. The green paper emphasizes the need for inclusive growth, sustainable development, aid effectiveness and food security.

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Haiti’s post-quake reconstruction will also be tackled during the meeting.

“Finland’s view is that the EU and the Member States must increase their support, and that the delivery of aid should be intensified. In addition, donors’ aid programmes must be coordinated and support measures must be concentrated on the operational capability of the Haitian Government and authorities,” the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Other issues that will be discussed during the meeting include the bloc’s support for Afghanistan, as well as the EU’s position on the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in May and the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness slated for late 2011. 

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