EU help for more than 50,000 Palestinian poor families

More than half of beneficiaries of social allowances are in Gaza

09 July, 16:57

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 09 - The European Union is contributing more than 10 million euros to the Palestinian Authority's second payment of social allowances this year to poor and vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The EU's contribution amounts to 10.22 million euros (out of a total of around 12.97 million euros - the remainder comes from Austria, Ireland and Spain). It will reach over 50,000 Palestinian families in need, more than half of which live in Gaza.

    This contribution, according to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), represents the first tranche of an overall financial commitment in 2014 of 40 million euros allocated to the payment of social allowances for households living in extreme poverty. This amount, which includes funds for the EU budget and donors' contribution, covers almost half of the total budget of the Palestinian cash transfer programme.

    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 Palestinian national plans. As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of the PA's running costs, European Union funds are supporting major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood. Since February 2008, 1.62 billion euros have been disbursed through the Pegase direct financial support programmes. In addition, the Eu has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through Unrwa as well as a wide range of other cooperation projects. (ANSAmed).

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