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Press Releases, 7/14/2014

Haavisto to Florence: EU Development Ministers will discuss global development goals and the role of the private sector in development

Press Release 164/2014
14 July 2014

Development Minister Pekka Haavisto will attend the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers in Florence on 15 July. The main topics of the ministers’ discussions are the global UN Post-2015 Development Agenda and the role of the private sector in development. 

For the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Finland would like to see the EU to assume a stronger and active role in the preparations. To this end, clearly defined and solid stands must be approved for the EU to use in intergovernmental negotiations. Finland also considers it important that the EU discuss development goals especially with countries that have divergent views on this topic.

The discussions regarding the private sector will focus, in particular, on the creation of jobs and tax issues. Finland believes that, to increase employment, countries need the kind of economic growth that benefits all people, reduces inequality and respects the environment.  The private sector also has an important role in how taxes can be collected for public services and for the wider development of societies.

At lunch the ministers will discuss the links between migration and development. The ministers’ guests will be Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, and William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The EU’s objective is to develop the dialogue on migration with third countries – particularly countries in the Mediterranean region, Central Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Additional information: Milma Kettunen, Press Attaché to Minister Haavisto, mobile tel. +358 40 522 9869; Anna Kemppi, Administrator, Unit for General Development Policy and Planning, mobile tel. +358 50 598 6437

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