Pna: EU is helping to pay November salaries and pensions

Gatt-Rutter, PA made tangilbe progress over the past few years

10 December, 17:45

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 10 - The European Union is continuing to help the Palestinian Authority. Brussels made a contribution of approximately 23.5 million euros to the payment of November salaries and pensions of around 68,500 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution, is being funded by the European Union (18.3 million euros) and the governments of Sweden (4.3 million euros) and The Netherlands (0.9 million euros).

    "We are fully aware of the financial difficulties the PA is facing particularly at a time when it is working to assume its full responsibilities in Gaza" said the EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter, hoping that "other donors will generously provide assistance to enable the PA to continue to function efficiently and effectively". The Palestinian Authority "has made significant tangible progress over the past few years in building the institutions of a future Palestinian state" he added. "The EU will continue to support these efforts not only in order to guarantee the delivery of essential services to the Palestinian people, but also, as part of its contribution to Palestinian state building" concluded Gatt-Rutter. (ANSAmed)
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