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04BRUSSELS2605
2004-06-18 09:55:00
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Embassy Brussels
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EC RESPONSE TO HAITI DEMARCHE FOR BUDGET SUPPORT

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						UNCLAS BRUSSELS 002605 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

FOR EB DIZOGLIO AND USAID/LAC/CAR BARTH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID EFIN HA XL EUN USEU BRUSSELS
SUBJECT: EC RESPONSE TO HAITI DEMARCHE FOR BUDGET SUPPORT

REF: SECSTATE 132852

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED -- PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

UNCLAS BRUSSELS 002605

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

FOR EB DIZOGLIO AND USAID/LAC/CAR BARTH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID EFIN HA XL EUN USEU BRUSSELS
SUBJECT: EC RESPONSE TO HAITI DEMARCHE FOR BUDGET SUPPORT

REF: SECSTATE 132852

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED -- PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.


1. (SBU) USEU Development Counselor presented reftel
demarche to European Commission (EC) Desk Officer for Haiti
Lut Fabert-Goossens, in the Directorate-General for
Development. Fabert-Goossens said the EC appreciates concerns
expressed by the US and concurs with our assessment of needs
and priorities. For its part, the EC has prepared a new
decision for Council approval which is currently undergoing
internal review. A final EC decision is expected in two
weeks. The decision will then go to Member State Ambassadors
(COREPER) for approval and be presented to the ACP Committee,
with the objective of getting final approval at the July 12
-13 EU Foreign Ministers' meeting (GAERC). This will enable
the EC to pledge at the July 19 - 20 Donors' Conference which
the EC is coordinating with other members of the Steering
Committee.


2. (SBU) The EC has also begun notification of 9th EDF to use
funds. The likely scenario is that the member states will
agree to make a first tranche of funds available immediately
and a second tranche subject to certain conditions to be
determined. The Directorate-General for Development is
proposing that they use funds according to priorities in the
interim cooperation framework donor exercise. They have also
asked that procedures for existing and new funds be
accelerated.

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