During the week of September 17th, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) will hold a timely in-district advocacy week. This endeavor is especially critical considering the recent NATO Summit and President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and a possible meeting in Washington D.C. between the two presidents.
NATO remains salient to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to ward off threats from the Russian Federation. CEE members in NATO provide key support to NATO missions and a rising number (Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania) are providing 2% of their GDP towards defense spending to address the new realities. The eastern flank of Europe remains nevertheless exposed to the Russian Federation’s continuous aggressive disregard for international law and attempts to disrupt the post-WWII international order based in the principles of democracy.
The goal for this advocacy week is to encourage Members of Congress to continue their support for military cooperation with CEE nations; to enhance military assistance to nations occupied by Russia; to promote full implementation of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA); to urge continued European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) funding; and reaffirm U.S. support for CEE in their effort to retain political sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The CEEC encourages the active participation of all our communities in promoting the need for greater U.S. foreign policy engagement in the CEE region. This advocacy week will provide an opportunity for members of our communities to meet and advocate for issues of mutual interest.
For further information, please contact the CEEC via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (301) 340-1954.