12/12/2013 - Foreign Affairs Council (FAC)
Council discusses development policy
On 12 December 2013, the Foreign Affairs Council dedicated to development issues decided to resume development cooperation with the Republic of Guinea. It also discussed the post-2015 agenda and policy coherence for development.
The EU is ready to resume development cooperation with Guinea
The EU's Foreign Affairs ministers confirmed that the EU is set to fully take up development cooperation with Guinea.
Cooperation was suspended in 2009 after a military coup in December 2008 but partially resumed following presidential elections and the installation of civilian authorities in 2010.
The Council found that the inclusive and peaceful legislative elections that took place on 28 September 2013, fulfill the conditions set in the in the roadmap that has accompanied the return to constitutional order and democracy. The EU can therefore take steps to provide development aid again.
Guinea is situated on the West coast of Africa
Head of state: Alpha Condé
Population: 11.5 million
GDP: €5.3 billion
GDP per capita: €460
Infant mortality rate: 5.7 %
Life expectancy at birth: 59 years
EU development aid: €174.3 million is set aside for Guinea under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Funds for basic social services have already been made available. Following the legislative elections in September, the remainder can now be released.
Other topics on the agenda
Post 2015 agenda
Ministers discussed the so-called post-2015 agenda, that is the framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The EU already agreed its position for international negotiations in June. The Council finds that poverty eradication and the promotion of sustainable devlopment should be integrated into a single overarching post-2015 framework.
The Council also adopted conclusions on financing these goals beyond 2015. They stated that to obtain the best results, all financing sources (public and private, domestic and international) need to be mobilised and used strategically in a manner that maximises synergies and impact.
Policy coherence for development
The Council discussed policy coherence for development (PCD) and adopted conclusions.
In the immediate future, the Council will focus on five PCD challenges: trade and finance, climate change, food security, migration and security. The Council calls on the Commission and the EEAS to develop, in cooperation with member states, an overview of forthcoming policy proposals and initiatives relevant to PCD.