On 12 May, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will take part in the meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council (Development). The participants will discuss the revision of the European consensus on development in light of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development approved in September 2015. The Council will then have a discussion both on contributions of the private sector to sustainable development and the joint programming of EU and Member States’ development cooperation.
The Member State representatives will also share their views on the current developments concerning migration and development cooperation. The meeting will address the state of play of the preparation for the ministerial conference on Afghanistan scheduled for 4-5 October 2016 in Brussels.
On 13 May, the Foreign Affairs Council will convene for a meeting on trade. A discussion will take place on the state of affairs in the EU’s bilateral trade talks – further steps towards the approval of the EU and Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the course of negotiations between the EU and the United States of America on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
An important agenda point will be the exchange of views on the trade policy instruments to improve the situation in the EU’s steel industry. The Council will also hold a discussion concerning a regulation concerning the so-called conflict minerals, which envisages the establishment of an EU-wide system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of importers of minerals originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.