The European Union(EU) and its Relationship with Haiti.
The European Union maintains relations and cooperation with Haiti both on the bilateral and regional basis."EU-CELAC or The European Union and Latin American and Caribbean Community (CELAC stands for Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños, in Spanish) have enjoyed a privileged relations since the formation of a strategic partnership in the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999. The relationship between Haiti and EU stands on three main pillars based on the Cotonou agreement; they are: Political cooperation, Trade and commerce, and Development cooperation. The Cotonou Agreement forms the legal basis for EU-Haiti relations. The agreement is actually an ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou (in Benin) on 23 June 2000. It was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is a framework for the EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The fundamental principles of the Cotonou Agreement include equality of partners, global participation (States and non-state actors), dialogue and regionalization.
Will the break-up between UK and the European union or how it comes to be called Brexit will affect the Caribbean countries?
Before Britain joined the then European Economic Community in 1973, the trades between Britain and the 12 Caribbean countries were conducted under a Commonwealth preference scheme, because Britain was many of these countries former colonial ruler. But when Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, it submitted all authority of its trade agreements to such a community. Ever since all British trade, aid, and investment relations between the 12 Caribbean countries have been conducted by the EU and these relations were regularly formalized successively in the Cotonou Agreement, Lome Convention and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). When Britain will officially exit EU, these 12 Caribbean countries will not have any formal or structured trade relationship with Britain, neither the Caribbean countries will have any trade agreement with the EU, because the majority of their exports were meant for the British market. The British market, British contribution to foreign aid, investment and many other benefits and dependency will disappear from the EU unless the Caribbean countries formulate plans to deal with the serious consequences of the Brexit. They should also watch how the EU restructures itself without Britain.
Here is a picture of the new Ambassador of the European Union in Haiti, Mr. Vincent Degert
European Union New Ambassador Vincent Degert Pledges Cooperation with Haiti
New Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Haiti, Vincent Degert, presented President Michel Martelly with Degert's curriculum vitae during a formal introduction of him to the GOH. Degert is replacing retiring Ambassador Javier Nino Perez.
Degert repeated the EU's dedication to follow through on projects the EU has in the pipeline. He also demonstrated his eagerness to facilitate stronger bonds of fraternity and agreement between the Eurozone and Haiti.