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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Council discussions on Haiti

The 2922nd Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 25 January 2010 continued the discussion begun at last week's extraordinary Council convened by the High Representative on the Union's response to the earthquake in Haiti. After the earthquake struck, the Union immediately mobilised search and rescue teams and earmarked EUR 122 million from the Commission and the Member States combined for urgent humanitarian assistance and a further EUR 100 million for the urgent restoration of government capacity in Haiti, as well as EUR 200 million for longer-term development. The Council focussed today on the coordination of the Union's overall response to the disaster in the different fields of humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and development aid and the contribution by Member States of military and security assets as well as civil protection resources for the relief effort. The Council agreed that the Union would provide, in response to the UN appeal: engineering expertise and equipment to open routes in order to facilitate the delivery of a maritime logistical capacity able to operate without port facilities; -a collective EU contribution, numbering at least 300 police personnel, to provide a temporary reinforcement of the police capability of the UN Stabilisation Mission. The Council also agreed to the High Representative's proposal to set up a cell in Brussels, EUCO Haiti, to coordinate contributions by Member States of military and security assets to meet needs identified by the UN.

Source: Council of the EU