22 May 2015, Brussels - EU development ministers will exchange views on financing for development in the context of the negotiations towards the new post-2015 development agenda. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on a "New Global Partnership for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development after 2015".
Gender and development will also be on the agenda. Ministers will discuss how to support the promotion, fulfilment and protection of women’s and girls' rights and adopt conclusions on gender in development.
As a follow-up to the special European Council of 23 April, the Council will also debate migration and development.
20 May 2015, Brussels - EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will today launch ElectriFI, a financing mechanism for rural electrification projects to reduce energy poverty and ensure viable access to affordable energy services, in the context of the Sustainable Energy for All Forum on 18-21 May, in New York. Two Joint Declarations to work closer with Sierra Leone and Uganda, Germany and France, in the field of energy, will also be signed by the Commissioner.
19 May 2015, Brussels - On Monday 18 May the EU took the decision to create a naval force to disrupt human smugglers in the Mediterranean which will form part of a wider approach to saving lives at sea. The joint meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers also discussed common security and defence policy and set out ways to make it stronger and more effective in the face of security challenges to Europe such as the crises in Syria and Ukraine.