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Source: European Union (EU)
5 June 2014


The EU contributes €15.5 million to the Palestinian Authority
for the payment of salaries and pensions for the month of May

05 Jun 2014

Today the European Union contributed €15.5 million to the Palestinian Authority for the payment of salaries and pensions for almost 70,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the month of May. This assistance is being delivered once more through the PEGASE[1] mechanism.

"Today's contribution to salaries and pensions is a further demonstration of the EU's continuing support for the Palestinian people. It comes just days after the formation of the new national consensus government, a development which the EU has welcomed," the EU Representative, John Gatt-Rutter said. "The new government faces enormous challenges as it seeks to guarantee the delivery of public services both in the West Bank and Gaza. The EU will support the government in these efforts by continuing to provide substantial, predictable financial assistance in the months ahead," he added.

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 the subsequent PA Palestinian National Plan (2011-2013). 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, around €1.6 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.

[1] Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion de l'Aide Socio-Economique (PEGASE)

Contacts:

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




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