EU offers Haiti another EUR 100m in aid
(PORT AU PRINCE) - EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on Wednesday wrapped up a visit to Haiti, during which the European Union offered the quake-hit Caribbean nation another 100 million euros in aid.
Piebalgs and Haitian President Michel Martelly on Tuesday signed a convention granting the additional aid as the country still struggles to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake that left some 250,000 people dead.
Haiti already benefits from a total allocation of 750 million euros ($985.4 million) in EU aid for the 2008-2013 period.
At an international donors' conference in March 2010, the European Union had pledged 1.2 billion euros to assist Haiti in the aftermath of the massive quake.
"Following the earthquake, we must think and act over the long term to improve the lives of the Haitian people," Piebalgs said.
"The European Union is a discreet and efficient friend of Haiti," Martelly said Wednesday, as the pair inaugurated a road project in the center of the country, which is financed by the EU and the French development agency.
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