Addressing inequality in partner countries: Council adopts conclusions

The Council today adopted conclusions on addressing inequality in partner countries.

The Council notes that many partner countries remain confronted with levels of inequality that are higher than they were 30 years ago and which threaten the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Inequality is a major brake on the eradication of poverty and sustainable economic growth and can threaten democracy, social cohesion and inclusion, resilience and stability as well as exacerbate environmental degradation and climate change.

The conclusions also acknowledge the multidimensional nature of inequality, which encompasses economic, social, political and environmental aspects and requires urgent attention.

The Council reaffirms that tackling inequality is an internal and external priority for the European Union and that equality and solidarity are among the values and principles guiding the European Union and its external action.