The Central and East European Coalition was
established in 1994 and is composed of eighteen national, membership-based
organizations representing Americans of Armenian, Belarusan, Bulgarian, Czech,
Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak,
and Ukrainian descent.
The Coalition was established to coordinate
the efforts of ethnic organizations whose members continue to maintain strong
cultural, economic, political, and religious ties to the countries of Central
and East Europe. The Coalition serves as a liaison with these national Central
and East European ethnic organizations.
These organizations cooperate in calling
attention to issues of mutual concern, especially as regards United States
policy toward Central and East Europe. The Coalition has cooperated on a wide
range of issues including calling attention to Russia's policies
toward its neighbors, NATO enlargement, and U.S. assistance programs for
The Coalition has met with numerous
Congressional leaders and has testified before a number of Congressional
committees including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House
International Relations Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee, and the
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.