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Source: European Union (EU)
28 April 2015

Press Release

28 APRIL 2015

EU — Palestinian Joint Committee takes place in Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the European Union (EU) convened today in Ramallah for their annual Joint Committee session in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). At the meeting, the PA and the EU reviewed progress in bilateral relations over the past year and discussed plans based on the Action Plan that sets out the agreed blue print for reform across a comprehensive range of issues.

Mazen Jadallah, Advisor to Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Institutions Performance Affairs, Hugues Mingarelli, Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and the EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter opened the session. Around 30 officials from PA ministries, the European Union, and the EU Member States attended the meetings and exchanged their views on all key political, economic and development sectors.

"The EU is engaged in a continuous and constructive dialogue with the Palestinian Authority in many sectors based on the Action Plan that sets out an agreed blue print for reform across a comprehensive range of issues. Our meeting today covers a wide span of topics demonstrating once again our deep and comprehensive bilateral partnership with the Palestinian Authority," said the EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter. "The EU will maintain its current level of financial support to Palestine at around €300 million as part of our commitment to support Palestinian state-building. However, in order to maintain this level of support in the future it is necessary to make progress towards the two-state solution, in institution building and in implementing democratic reforms and respecting the rule of law. We would like to reiterate our support to the Palestinian national consensus government and its efforts to assume full responsibilities in Gaza, starting with taking control of the border crossings and achieving civil service integration. Democratically elected institutions are vital for the Palestinians and therefore we encourage the Palestinian Authority to work for the preparation of elections, both parliamentary and presidential.".

The Joint Committee is currently the highest level body bringing together officials from the EU and the PA. It takes place on an annual basis in Brussels and Ramallah in the context of the ENP and the EU — PA Joint Action Plan that was approved in May 2013 setting the agenda for economic and political cooperation with the EU. The EU — PLO joint committee reviews the work done by a total of six policy dialogue forums, known as subcommittees, which cover — inter alia - : human rights, good governance, rule of law, trade, internal market, agriculture, education, culture, social affairs, energy and water issues.

The Office of the European Union Representative: Shadi Othman, Mob: 0599 673 958

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