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"The EU is committed to its direct contribution to the salaries and pensions of Palestinians in the framework of its financial support to the Palestinian Authority. Our continuing support is aimed at building the institutions of a future independent Palestinian state and ensuring that they become ever more transparent, accountable and democratic.,'' said EU Representative Ralph Tarraf. "For the year 2017, the EU has allocated a total of €158 million to support the Palestinian Authority payment of salaries, pensions, social allowances, and referrals to East Jerusalem hospitals. The EU remains the biggest and most reliable donor to the Palestinian people. " he added.
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 and subsequent Palestinian national plans and agendas. As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its running costs, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood. Since February 2008, €2.3 billion have been disbursed through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support programmes. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects.
 Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion de l'Aide Socio-Economique (PEGASE)
The Office of the European Union Representative
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