Ahead of the Emergency Donor Meeting in Brussels, today, the meetingâ€™s conveners Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen SÃ¸reide met with members of the press to highlight their key objectives for the meeting.
The principle objectives ahead of the meeting, which was called under â€˜extraordinaryâ€™ circumstance and held behind closed doors, were to demonstrate the European Unionâ€™s commitment to increase its role in the region and the need to settle the crisis in Gaza.
According to the PNN, Norwegian Foreign Minister SÃ¸reide called on â€˜the need for a comprehensive plan for the resumption of PA control in Gazaâ€™; while her counterpart in the EU, High Representative Mogherini, regarded the issue in Gaza as being â€˜directly linked to the security situation in the entire region and to our common fight against terrorism.â€™
â€˜The daily life of citizens has been very difficult for too long,â€™ High Representative Mogherini said, â€˜despite large international humanitarian help including by the European Unionâ€™.
High Representative Mogherini reaffirmed the EUâ€™s commitment to targeted political and financial action through increased financial and structural support and enhanced engagement with regional leaders.
High Representative Mogherini announced the adoption of â€˜a new package of 42.5 million Eurosâ€™ during her press conference, which includes â€˜activities in East Jerusalem and support to the building of a democratic and accountable Palestinian state through targeted policy reforms, fiscal consolidation, reforming business, and strengthening of Palestinian civil societyâ€™.
Further engagement with the European Union would include future meetings between foreign minister of the Unionâ€™s member states and their counterparts among of regional leaders and the Arab League.