Informal video conference of EU development ministers focuses on middle-income countries and human development
On 14 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius attended the informal video conference of development ministers, which EU Development Ministers informally exchanged views on middle-income countries (MICs)- development in transition, and human development.
Development Ministers discussed how MICs have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can play a key role in the global recovery having the largest potential by implementing effective and forward-looking reforms, and adopted the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI-Global Europe), which will allow for a more integrated EU approach with partner countries.
“Middle-income countries are a very diverse group of countries. Therefore, the EU should adopt a partner country-tailored approach. Through the Team Europe approach, we must exploit different forms of cooperation and strengths of each EU member state. In providing support, especially to the eastern partners, Lithuania actively shares its reform experience that has been appreciated by partner countries," said Pranckevičius.
Development Ministers also held an exchange of views on ways to effectively foster human development. As regards bilateral development cooperation, the Foreign Vice-Minister said that Lithuania had focused on strengthening an education system, empowering women and girls, and improving healthcare.
Pranckevičius also noted that Lithuania had contributed to the joint effort to combat the pandemic and would allocate 200 thousand doses of vaccines to the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood.