EU wants ‘Marshall Plan’ for quake-hit Haiti
By Dialogo February 23, 2010The EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called for a "Marshall Plan" for Haiti, announcing she would head to the quake-hit island next week. "We have to develop something like a Marshall Plan for Haiti," Ashton told a press conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Underlining that European support for the island was unwavering, Ashton said she would make her first trip to Port-au-Prince "next week." The US Marshall Plan was drawn up to help reconstruction in Europe after World War II. European aid following the Haiti quake has reached 609 million euros (828 million dollars) from both EU and national coffers. Europe's current focus is on providing shelter for the homeless. Ashton had been criticized in Brussels for not heading out to Haiti soon after last month's quake hit. The death toll from Haiti's January 12 earthquake could reach 300,000, Haitian President Rene Preval said in an appeal for international aid at a summit of Caribbean leaders in Mexico.