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11. 9. 2017

State Secretary Logar attends informal meeting of ministers responsible for development

State Secretary Logar and Estonian Foreign Minister Mikser; Photo: Annika Haas (EU2017EE)

Group photograph; Photo: Annika Haas (EU2017EE)

Meeting; Photo: Annika Haas (EU2017EE)

Tallinn, 11 September 2017 – State Secretary Andrej Logar is attending an informal FAC meeting in a composition of ministers responsible for development. They will discuss cooperation with more advanced developing countries, the resilience of fragile countries and the relation between humanitarian assistance and development cooperation. The development ministers will also focus on the EU’s External Investment Plan, which supports sustainable development in partner countries and will be launched soon.


The ministers exchanged views on further cooperation with more advanced developing countries, and agreed that a successful combination of different policies available to the EU and its member states is crucial. They also underlined the importance of further cooperation in areas promoting enhanced regional cooperation, as well as the role of medium-income countries in protecting global public goods and supporting sustainable development. State Secretary Logar underlined the development vulnerability of certain countries, and, using the Western Balkans as an example, illustrated the importance of full EU engagement, which can contribute to successful cooperation by conveying clear and credible political messages supporting a European perspective. He presented Slovenia’s experience with the international Center of Excellence in Finance, based in Ljubljana, as a successful model of cooperation with medium-income countries.


The ministers exchanged views on enhancing cooperation between EU institutions and member states in humanitarian and development activities, as well as on ensuring the resilience of countries and the importance of digitalisation for development. In the new European Consensus on Development, digitalisation is presented as a driving force of sustainable development, particularly in connection with the young, among young women and girls. Slovenia supports the strong role of the private sector in the incorporation of the information and communication technology solutions to support development, as well strengthening micro, small and medium-size enterprises to boost innovation, job creation and economic growth.


In light of a new partnership framework, the ministers focused on the EU's External Investment Plan, which supports sustainable development in partner countries. The aim of the External Investment Plan is to promote investment and job creation in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood, as well as to attracting funding, in particular by the private sector. The activities for launching the European Fund for Sustainable Development are planned for the autumn of 2017; the fund is intended to help the European Commission to ensure investment mobilisation. State Secretary Logar said that the fund should be launched as soon as possible, and called for the establishment a special investment window to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises participate in development cooperation. He invited representatives of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to Slovenian Development Days; the event, which will be held on 4 and 5 October in Ljubljana and Maribor, is a new cooperation opportunity for interested Slovenian companies within a new investment plan.


On the sidelines of the meeting, State Secretary Logar met with a number of representatives of the EU and member states.