The EU provides for the basic humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable Palestinians through its support of UNRWA’s work with Palestinian refugees and through the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
The European Union’s mandate to ECHO [ Regulation (CE) n° 1257/96 ] is to provide emergency assistance and relief to the victims of natural disasters or armed conflict outside the European Union. The aid is intended to go directly to those in distress, irrespective of race, religion or political convictions.
ECHO works with a large number of implementing partners in the occupied Palestinian territory, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and international non-governmental organisations to help alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable populations. ECHO also finances humanitarian programmes that benefit Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. From 2000 to 2009, ECHO allocated €476 million for humanitarian programmes targeting Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.
Since 1992, DG ECHO has funded relief to millions of victims of both natural disasters and man-made crises in more than 60 countries.
The EU also supports many civil society organisations and nongovernmental organisations in fields such as healthcare, education, human rights and democracy building, peace building and culture.
The European Union and the Palestinian Authority have developed a unique partnership to enable the people of Europe to give concrete expression to their solidarity, and to enable the Palestinian people to persevere in their quest for a state of their own, which will live in peace and security with its neighbours.
For more information on DG ECHO please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/aid/north_africa_mid_east/palestinian_en.htm