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  • 13 September 2017

    One of the agenda items was a proposal put forward by the Polish deputy foreign minister at an earlier Council meeting in Brussels. It concerned the need to develop a new approach to cooperation with middle-income countries which would complement the measures carried out in the least developed countries.


    “In our view, support for middle-income countries should most of all take the form of sectoral dialogue, capacity building in administration, transfer of science and technology, support for education, exchange of good practices, private sector engagement, new investment, trade and trilateral cooperation,” emphasised Deputy Minister Wronecka. The Polish delegation also recalled that our country works closely with middle-income countries on a regular basis, including our eastern neighbours. From Poland’s experience, donor countries should be guided by three overriding principles: partnership, specific needs and engagement.

    The informal Council meeting also discussed the need for a more comprehensive approach to the humanitarian-development nexus. The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy underlined that Poland was actively involved in providing multilateral and bilateral aid in Iraq and that our expertise could be put to future use while planning more advanced assistance measures. 

    The informal FAC-DEV session was also an opportunity for a bilateral meeting with the UK delegation. With her counterpart, the UK Minister of State for International Development Lord Bates, Deputy Minister Wronecka discussed the post-Brexit future of the partnership between the United Kingdom and the European Union with respect to development and humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, the talks explored the prospects for enhancing Polish-British collaboration at the UN Security Council during Poland’s non-permanent membership. 

    MFA Press Office

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