The Council adopts a new European consensus on development

On 19 May, the Council adopted a new European consensus on development. This sets out a new framework for development cooperation for the EU and its Member States with the overarching goal of eradicating poverty by promoting good governance, human and economic development, tackling universal issues such as fighting hunger and preserving the world's natural resources.

"The new European consensus for development makes the EU even stronger to tackle today's challenges and promote sustainable development and eradication of poverty all over the world. Investing in sustainable development is investing in our common security and prosperity", said Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

"Today's agreement confirms the commitment of all member states to work together on a shared agenda and priorities for the EU's cooperation with all developing countries over the years to come. We are proud that the Maltese Presidency has succeeded in securing a consensus", added George Vella, Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs.