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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Discussed Deeper Connection Between Development Co-operation and Human Rights With European Commissioner


No. 368-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed the European Union’s new development co-operation policy during his meeting with European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in Brussels.

The foreign minister stated that Estonia would like for the new European Union development co-operation policy to take advantage of the member states’ transition and reform experiences. “It would give added value to development aid,” he confirmed.

Paet said that development co-operation should be made more conditional and should take into consideration developments in the human rights sector. “Human rights developments in partner countries should be taken into consideration more than before, including changes in the justice and legal systems,” he added.

Paet and Piebalgs also discussed the European Union’s development co-operation activities in Central Asia. Paet stated that more attention than before should be given to the development of rule of law and to strengthening the capability and impartiality of courts and the justice system in Central Asian countries.

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