The European Union has made funds available to the figure of â‚¬200 million, in ensuring support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The funds aim to provide vital basic services to the Palestinian people (such as education, health relief and social services).
This is the first tranche of EU support to the Palestinian people for 2014, the Palestinian News Network reports, and it consists of two main actions: a contribution of â‚¬130 million, through the PEGASE mechanism, to the Palestinian Authority and a contribution of â‚¬70 million to the General Fund of UNRWA.
Ĺ tefan FĂĽle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, commented: ‘The EU intends, through its contributions to the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, to help sustain key Palestinian institutions and to provide a social safety net for refugees.’
According to PNN, both the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA are facing extremely deep financial crises, for different but concurrent reasons.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.