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Palestinian Authority Acting President Mahmoud Abbas (R) with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini،in Ramallah. November 8, 2014.

On Tuesday, the European Commission has authorized the transfer of the first assistance package to the Palestinian Authority this year, in the amount of $274 million.

“The European Union renews its concrete commitment to the Palestinians,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Affairs Federica Mogherini, adding that the assistance package is geared towards helping the lives of individual Palestinians, including those living in refugee camps.

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“Through this package, the EU supports the daily lives of Palestinians in the fields of education and health, protecting the poorest families, and also providing the Palestinian refugees across the country with access to essential services,” added Mogherini.

A certain amount of the assistance package will also reportedly be set aside for Palestinian hospitals in Jerusalem.

Mogherini argued that while the EU assistance package is a significant boost and benefit to the Palestinians, it is insufficient in and of itself to truly improving the lives of Palestinians.

“These are tangible steps on the ground that can improve the lives of Palestinian people, but these steps are not enough,” Mogherini contended. “Palestinian institutions must continue to grow stronger, become more transparent, more accountable, and more democratic.”

“Viable and inclusive institutions based on respect for the rule of law and human rights are crucial in view of the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state,” continued Mogherini.

The European Union has provided support for Palestinian Authority institutions on many occasions in an effort to enforce the rule of law. It most recently helped sponsor a number of new Palestinian Authority police stations.

“The EU remains firm in its commitment to Palestinians and actively supports a two-state solution,” Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn stressed.

“Our assistance to ensure the functioning of the Palestinian Authority and to support vulnerable Palestinian groups, including Palestinian refugees, is a concrete example of this commitment,” Hahn added.

The Palestinian Authority will receive a direct transfer of $185 million. The remaining $89 million will be given to UNRWA, a UN organization created to provide support for Palestinian refugees as well as descendants of the Palestinian refugees who lost their homes during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. with this the palastinian Gov will be able to purchase yhe needs of the people. If you would break it downto what purchases can be made it would look something like this 59%would go to purchasing new firearms –bullets and such. The other 50% some for cement to strengthen the tunnels wages for the soldiers and what is left –maybe5% medical expenses (funerals) for the dead. I did leave out payments to the top 10 or so commanders this would probably be the largest amount 40%from the first 50????

  2. Has the EU completely lost it's collective mind?? Are they making a conscience based decision to support and sponsor terrorism??
    There you have it folks….Proof that this migrant crisis has tought them absolutely nothing…..very sad indeed…Not unlike extending the "Charitable hand" to the business end of a wood chipper and hoping for a good outcome…….Sighs…

  3. PA has been given billions (£5 bn) given by the suckers after the last conflict with Gaza and Israel – to rebuild – what did they do with that money? buy cement to make the tunnels to execute their recently purchased bombs and other armements under Israeli schools or significant areas of Israeli land. Whatever one does for the palestinians, they will still cry for more – they do nothing of consequence but to keep sectors of Gaza squallid for international press while the rest of Gaza is built up to a high degree, areas of what was given to them by Israel – Either people who point fingers at Jews/Israel are just plain thick or the age-old antisemitism prevails – I suggest people who feel a rachmunus for the palestinians should go there and find out yourselves before opening your bowels with your loose bias….!

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