Recently, three representatives from Haitian civil society groups visited Brussels and Paris in order to discuss and explain their viewpoints with regards to the current political and socio-economic conditions in Haiti. Meeting with members of the European Parliament, EU desk officers, staff members of European NGOs, members of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and various journalists, each member the Haitian delegation represented a different sector of Haitian civil society, including environmental, agricultural, and human rights concerns. Although they ran into resistance in their discussions with EU officers in Brussels, the Haitian leaders found the French government and the French NGOs to be very receptive.
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First impressions visit Haitian delegation to Brussels and Paris
Els Hortensius, Coordination Europe-Haiti
From Monday through Wednesday June 27 – 29, three representatives of the Haitian civil society visited Brussels, invited by the Coordination Europe -Haiti. During their stay they met with members of the European Parliament, as well as with EU desk officers and staff members of European NGOs. From June 30 until July 2 they were in Paris where they met with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also with French NGOs and development cooperation staff members. Goal of the visit was the presentation of an analysis of the current political and socio-economic situation from a civil society viewpoint, in the light of future negotiations on continued EU aid and support for Haiti. Also, the visitors wanted to call attention to the dire food situation that could emerge into a real food crisis if no action is taken.
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