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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Haïti: Gualtieri, EC must start the procedure to raise funds for emergencies

Once again an immense tragedy has hit Haïti which desperately needs swift, strong and coordinated support from the European Union and its Member States. The EU, founded on the principles of solidarity with third countries, as stated in art 3 and 21 of the TUE, shall help the Haiti population devastated by the earthquake. It must do this in the most effective way possible, together with other International organisations and the UN in particular. Financial support is a crucial element and the European Commission's allocation of 3 million Euros for humanitarian aid should only be the first step. This financial aid on its own is not enough, much more can be done and must be done. The procedure to raise additional funds from the Emergency Aid Reserve should be launched immediately. Further assessment should also be given to how Consular and diplomatic assistance has been provided to EU citizens in Haiti, and to how well the EU emergency plans in this region have worked (as foreseen by the 2006 Council Guidelines). Such assessment is foreseen by art. 23 TFUE.

Source: S&D Parliamentary Group