The Temporary International Mechanism (TIM) has started paying social allowances to Palestinian public service providers and pensioners. This is the fifth payment since the TIM became operational at the end of June 2006. This allowance will reach more than 80% of civilian employees on the payroll of the Palestinian Authority.
The TIM continues to support vulnerable Palestinians who have witnessed a steep and sudden decline in their purchasing power. The beneficiaries of the TIM allowances have not been paid regularly by the Palestinian Authority since February 2006.
Eligible beneficiaries will receive an allowance of NIS 1,500 (€270) directly in their bank account. This payment is made with contributions from the European Commission, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The mandate of the TIM has been extended by the Middle East Quartet until the end of March 2007. TIM will therefore continue its direct support to the Palestinian people and workers delivering essential social services. The TIM was established by the European Commission at the initiative of Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner. All TIM activities are carried out in partnership with the Office of the President.
In 2006, the European Union, through its Member States and the European Commission, allocated €651 million to the Palestinians, through a wide range of programmes that have been implemented by different organisations. This marks a 27% increase in the level of assistance compared to 2005. The European Union is determined to maintain this high level of support to the Palestinians.
For further information, please contact Mr Mario Mariani at (972) 54 8053296.