The European Union provided yesterday €23 million contribution to the June salaries and pensions of more than 43,000 of the Palestinian civil servants in the West Bank.
This support will enable the Palestinian Authority to meet its commitments towards Palestinian civil servants notwithstanding the difficult fiscal situation brought about by the COVID-19 crisis and the recent political developments. In the context of the Team Europe approach, the EU has frontloaded its financial contribution to create fiscal space and to support the PA in ensuring the uninterrupted continuation of critical public services.
The €23 million contribution is funded by the European Union and targets civil servants, mostly working in the social sectors of health and education, as well as pensioners in the West Bank.
Since 2008, most of the European Union’s assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is channelled through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support, supporting the PA reform process and various national development plans, currently the National Policy Agenda (NPA) 2017-2022. PEGASE supports the PA’s recurrent expenditures, mainly the salaries and pensions of civil servants, the social allowances paid through the cash transfer programme and part of the costs of referrals to the East Jerusalem Hospitals.
The Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)