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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
30 April 2007
The European Commission contributes annually to UNRWA’s regular budget, the General Fund (GF). Over the past five years, the EC contributed
246 million to UNRWA’s GF and plans to contribute at least
264 million over the next four years, starting with a
66 million contribution in 2007. The European Commission’s support represents 25 per cent of UNRWA’s GF while the European Union contribution, through the European Commission and EU Member States, represents 52.5 per cent. This essential funding is mainly used to pay the salaries of the Agency’s teachers, doctors and social workers, enabling UNRWA to continue to deliver basic services to Palestine refugees in its five fields of operation.
In addition, the EC regularly contributes to UNRWA through extra-budgetary special projects which aim to improve the quality of services delivered to Palestine refugees and support the poorest and most vulnerable refugees. EC assistance has provided scholarships and professional training to underprivileged refugee youth, helping them gain the skills they need to compete in the labour market.
The European Commission also supports UNRWA’s humanitarian activities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Lebanon. The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid - ECHO (DG-ECHO) has supported UNRWA for the past 17 years, and is a major contributor to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeals. DG-ECHO also contributes to shelter rehabilitation for Palestine refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
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