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The 27 approve the coordination cell (EUCO Haiti)

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(BRUSSELS2) In response to the request of the UN, as announced, the 27 foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, approved the establishment of a coordination unit (called EUCO) to coordinate logistical aid to Haiti. It is, explains the
document approved by the Ministers of " respond to the precise request, adapt the request to the needs, optimize the use of the means offered » by the Europeans, in short to use all possible synergies for heavy resources (generally provided by military units).

This unit would be based within SITCEN (the EU intelligence center, headed by the British William Shapcott), and would include around ten people, mainly from SITCEN or other European structures (CPMD, etc.); certain officers from member states could also be seconded there, if necessary.

On the other hand, the 27 did not manage to agree on the need for on-site coordination. The option was examined (1) but refused by some member states who feared a transformation of this coordination structure into a European mission. EUCO is therefore not a mission of the PeSDC but a flexible coordination structure.

(1) There were three options at stake: 1° the simple exchange of information – already done in the early hours but “insufficient” according to specialists; 2° the coordination unit based in Brussels; 3° the coordination cell coupled with coordination “ on the theater which can then be extended for reconstruction.

(the port of Port-Au-Prince as discovered by the coast guards upon arrival, photo Us Coast guard)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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