Commenting on statements by EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton and development Commissioner Karel de Gucht to the European Parliament about assistance to Haiti after the recent earthquake London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said:
"The European Union's response to the Haiti relief effort has been generous in humanitarian aid but woefully uncoordinated in disaster relief. Proposals over many years for planning and management of crises but have fallen on stony ground and now we see the result."
"French cooperation minister Alain Joyandet has unhelpfully whinged about the US role. This is a bit rich when it is Europe's 27 governments including France who blocked a 'Europe-Aid' proposal. Thank goodness the Americans have taken charge in Haiti somebody had to."