Ref. Ares(2016)1697615 – 11/04/2016

Press Release

PR/[*}2016

Jerusalem

4 APRIL, 2016

The European Union and Ireland continue their support for
the Palestinian people through a €15.3 million contribution
for the payment of March salaries and pensions
 

The European Union is making today a contribution of approximately €15.3 million to the payment of March salaries and pensions of over 66,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASEIll mechanism, is being funded by the European Union (€15.0 million) and the Government of Ireland (€0.3 million). The EU's contribution is part of the 2016 package of direct financial support for the Palestinian Authority announced last month for a total of €170.5 million.

"Today the European Union has once more renewed its commitment to Palestinian aspirations for statehood through its first 2016 contribution to the PA's salaries and pensions. Our continuing support is aimed and building the institutions of a future Palestinian state and ensuring that they become ever more transparent, accountable and democratic. Today's contribution also includes funds from the Government of Ireland, channeling once again their funds through the PEGASE mechanism" said the EU Representative Mr. Ralph Tarraf. "The EU will continue to provide predictable and solid support to the budget of the Palestinian Authority. The EU is determined to do all it can to bring about peace amidst increasing threats to the two state solution," 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 (2008­2010) 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, around €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.

[1]Ocanisme Palestino-EuropOen de Gestion de lAide Socio-Economique (PEGASE)

Contacts:

The Office of the European Union Representative:

Shadi Othman (02 5415 867, 0599 673 958) & Inas Abu Shirbi (02 5415 859, 0599 673 957)


Document symbol: EU2016_1697615
Document Type: Press Release
Document Sources: European Union (EU), PEGASE
Subject: Assistance, Humanitarian relief, Poverty
Publication Date: 04/04/2016