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The EU contributes €22.5 million to the PA's payment of March salaries and pensions

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The European Union is making today a contribution of approximately €22.5 million to the payment of the March 2012 salaries and pensions of around 84,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASE[1] mechanism, is being funded by the European Commission.

"With this new monthly contribution, the EU demonstrates once again its strong commitment to support the Palestinian Authority's efforts to maintain regular payments to its employees and pensioners, as well as to ensure the delivery of basic public services to the Palestinian citizens both in the West Bank and Gaza", said EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter. "In line with the conclusions of last month's Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee meeting in Brussels, the EU calls on all donors to provide their financial support to the PA in a timely and reliable manner in this very challenging times for the Palestinian Authority", added the EU Representative.

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 in line with the plan put forward by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in August 2009. Since February 2008, €1.3 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.

For further information in Arabic and English on the EU's assistance to the occupied Palestinian territory and the PEGASE mechanism, please visit: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/

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

Contacts: The Office of the European Union Representative: Antonia Zafeiri (02 5415 859, 0548 024 915) & Shadi Othman (02 5415 867, 0599 673 958)