EU pledges over 400 mln euros in aid to Haiti

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European Union (EU) institutions and member states pledged over 400 million euros (about 572 million U.S. dollars) in aid to quake-hit Haiti, an EU official said Monday.

The European Commission pledged 30 million euros and EU member states offered a total of 92 million euros in immediate emergency aid to Haiti, said EU Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

EU institutions will provide an extra 100 million euros in "early rehabilitation" aid, and a further 200 million euros for the medium- and long-term reconstruction in the country.

So far, the EU's 27 member states have paid out over 20 million euros in aid to the Caribbean nation.

Britain announced on Monday that it has trebled its humanitarian aid to Haiti to 21 million euros.

EU top leaders are to discuss reaction to Haiti's earthquake when they meet in Brussels on Feb. 11, said Herman Van Rompuy, the first full-time EU president, on Monday.

"I have decided to take up the situation in Haiti at the highest political level and to bring it up at the forthcoming informal meeting of heads of state or government," he said. (1 euro equals 1.4375 U.S. dollars.)

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