News coverage following the Stability Pact Conference in Sarajevo was strikingly incomplete about the European Union's contributions. This was also true of The Post's Aug. 3 editorial, "Balkan Stability."

As to what the Europeans have done for southeast Europe in 1999, the answer is: Much more than The Post gives us credit for. Our contributions for the humanitarian effort in Kosovo have reached $390 million. The EU is paying almost $16 million of the requirements of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) as it sets up civil administration and gets essential public utilities and services up and running.

On July 28 the European Union and EU member states pledged about $250 million for reconstruction and winterization needs. (At least $500 million has been provisionally allocated.)

The EU is working with the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and the IMF in providing macro-economic, structural and budgetary aid to the region.

On July 27 the European Commission announced more than $400 million in support for Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania.

The European Union may not be good at blowing its own trumpet, but in the case of southeastern Europe it is moving forward decisively within a broad framework of aid, trade, investment and institutional integration.


Deputy Head

European Commission to the United States