Migration, refugees, and development
Ministers had an in-depth debate on migration, focusing on how development cooperation can help address the common challenges currently facing Europe and its partner countries. They agreed to step up the EU's level of engagement and strengthen cooperation with third countries on migration both at bilateral and multilateral level.
The High Representative said "Development cooperation is an important element of the EU comprehensive approach to migration. At this last foreign affairs Council meeting before the Valletta Summit with our African partners, we had a thorough discussion on how it can help dealing with refugees, displaced persons, and more generally migratory flows, recognising that our African partners themselves are at forefront of the challenges that we commonly face."