PRESS RELEASE 009
State Secretary for International Cooperation takes part in preparatory meeting for EU-Africa Summit
13/02/2020
The State Secretary for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau, travelled to Brussels to take part in an informal meeting of EU Development Ministers called by the High Representative, Josep Borrell, and the Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, to discuss an EU-Africa Strategy with a view to the European Union-African Union Summit scheduled for October 2020.

At the informal meeting, the State Secretary for International Cooperation stated that the future strategy between the European Union and Africa should be centred on sustainable development and fall under the umbrella of the 2030 Agenda as a key element for ensuring peace and security, for fighting climate change and for tackling the root causes of illegal migration. She also pointed to the need to maintain women and children as a priority focus of attention. The State Secretary for International Cooperation declared to the EU authorities and her European counterparts Spain’s interest in acting as a strategic partner on the continent of Africa, where Spain has stepped up its presence on the ground, as an intermediary and through development cooperation programmes since the approval of the 1st Africa Plan in 2006.

Ángeles Moreno took the opportunity of her visit to Brussels to meet with the High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, with the Director-General for Development Coordination, Koen Doens, and with the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal, Teresa Ribeiro. 

At these meetings, the State Secretary for International Cooperation conveyed Spain’s interest in becoming a strategic partner of the EU and of the Member States to help Europe strengthen its leadership in development cooperation on the global stage in the decisive “decade of action” for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

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