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Source: European Union (EU)
23 June 2016


European Union provides nearly € 154,000 to support farmers and agro – businesses in the West Bank

23 Jun 2016

The European Union is making its first contribution to the Palestinian Authority's Programme "Assistance to Agriculture in the West Bank (AAWB)". This contribution, channelled through PEGASE[1], amounts to € 154,000 and is funded by the European Union.

The eligible beneficiaries are farmers and agro-businesses, in the West Bank, directly affected by Israeli Occupation. This contribution will help the farmers to restart, repair or replace their damaged businesses through different activities including acquisition of agricultural supplies, rehabilitation of land and other small infrastructure works.

This contribution represents the pre-financing tranche of EU's financial commitment towards 19 eligible beneficiaries in Burin village in the Nablus Governorate.

The overall financial envelop of the Assistance to Agriculture in the West Bank (AAWB) programme is EUR 7.0 million that is expected to serve about 360 eligible beneficiaries in the West Bank. The programme is managed by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Agriculture. The payments are made by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Finance and Planning through a network of local banks in the West Bank.

Background:

Most of the European Union's assistance to the Palestinian Authority is channelled through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010) and subsequent Palestinian national plans. As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its running costs, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood. Since February 2008, over €2.0 billion have been disbursed through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support programmes. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects.

Contact:

The Office of the European Union Representative
Shadi Othman (02 5415 867, 0599 673 958)
Inas Abu Shirbi (02 5415 859, 0599 673 957)
http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/


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