The Council of the European Union has conferred on the future of the EU’s development policy in Brussels, on the basis of the green paper launched by the European Commission in November. Ministers who attended the Dec. 9 gathering concurred with the notion of focusing the policy on promoting “more and more inclusive growth” while reducing poverty in developing countries.
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According to a document released by the council summarizing agreements during the Brussels session, many ministers voiced their desire for the EU to focus on areas where it has particular expertise such as sustainable development, agriculture, human rights and gender equality. Delegates likewise called for coherence between EU policies affecting the developing world, including agriculture and trade.
The document indicates that the European Commission will consider the views during the event in order to develop proposals for modernizing Europe’s development policy, which are due out in the second half of 2011.