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Source: European Commission
19 August 2015

European Commission - Statement

Joint Statement on EU support to UNRWA by HR/VP Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides

Brussels, 19 August 2015

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) declared that schools are set to re-open for Palestinian children and refugees in neighbouring countries in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria in the coming weeks. This positive and encouraging news has been made possible thanks to EU support, as the largest donor to UNRWA, as well as important contributions from other partners and donor countries. 

No child should miss out on an education; this is a fundamental right which the EU will champion. All children, no matter where they live in the world, should have access to schools and teachers. Universal access to education is indeed an investment in a better future for the next generation

With its Member States, the EU remains the largest donor to UNRWA. EU overall funding in 2014 accounted for almost 40% of the total support to UNRWA. Since the year 2000, the EU has provided over €1.6 billion in support of UNRWA’s work. The EU is now, as a priority, looking into ways to continue this significant funding to ensure that schools can carry on their activities.

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