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Closure of EUCO Haiti

(BRUSSELS2) European Union ministers are expected to ratify, next Monday (May 10), the closure of the reconstruction aid unit after the earthquake in Haiti (EUCO Haiti), which was primarily intended to coordinate aid military and civil protection. The Spanish ship Castilla left Haiti. This unit was set up at the end of January (1) after numerous criticisms concerning both the lack of visibility of European aid and also the lack of coordination between Member States.

In summary, we can deplore the loss of 4 Spanish soldiers in a helicopter crash (2). But also numerous actions: clearing roads, consolidating public buildings, repairing water or electricity pipes (3), vaccination campaign, direct care and equipping dispensaries, helping the injured or more seriously ill affected, provision of food aid to more remote areas, etc.

EUCO Haiti was provided by the SitCen (EU situation center – in other words the intelligence center). This could thus foreshadow the future crisis management center which would bring together humanitarian aid, civil protection, logistical support for the military, etc. (but it is not yet done! )

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) The 27 approve the coordination cell (EUCO Haiti)

(2) Un spanish helicopter crashes in Haiti

(3)  Electricity partially restored in Petit Goave (Haiti)

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).