Central and East European Coalition

CEEC Advocacy Week – September 2018
Washington, DC (CEEC) – During the week of September 17 th , 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
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 ceecoalition@gmail.com or by
calling (301) 340-1954.
Established in 1994, the Central and East European Coalition is comprised of 18 nationwide
organizations representing more than 20 million Americans who trace their heritage to that part
of the world.

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