CONCORD addressed the Informal meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation in Luxembourg on 10 December 2015 organised by the Luxembourg Presidency in the framework of the closing of the European Year for Development.

The CONCORD delegation was composed of Christine Dahm (Cercle de Cooperation Director) Johannes Trimmel (CONCORD President), Seamus Jeffreson (CONCORD Director) and Hilary Jeune (CONCORD Pofo Steering group).

CONCORD was glad for the opportunity to have had a first exchange on Agenda 2030 implementation and its concerns about diversion of Aid to in-country refugee costs.

Read the CONCORD letter to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and the Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs Romain Schneider.

The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, citing CONCORD Europe in her remarks after the Informal meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation, said “The European Union was the main actor for achieving this result of the common universal adoption of these goals. And it is going to stay the main actor for their quick, fast and coherent implementation. We started to work on this with the ministers, with the NGOs – because we believe that also in the implementation phase we will need to build partnerships and alliances with the civil society and work together on that”.

Read Federica Mogherini’s remarks and watch the video: