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Statement by the Spokesperson on Gaza and intra-Palestinian reconciliation

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On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the handover of Gaza crossings to the Palestinian Authority

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ERASMUS+, the 2014-2020 European Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport

The 2018 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals has now been launched: you can find the call announcement and the new Programme guide governing the 2018 selection on the following website. Deadlines fall in February. As always, the Call has a strong international dimension.

The EU provided €13 million to help East Jerusalem Hospitals maintain critical medical services to Palestinians.

The EU supports the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network to stay open and continue providing essential care to thousands of patients from the West Bank and Gaza. These Hospitals are among the few remaining functional Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem.

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The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, together with the European Union and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, today launched a project which aims at making the rights contained in the human rights treaties acceded by the State of Palestine in 2014 a reality for all Palestinians. The commitments under these treaties complement and enhance the Government’s political obligations within the National Policy Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on recent Israeli decisions to promote thousands of settlement units

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Today, the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf visited Gaza. He inaugurated EU-funded projects, visited an UNRWA school, and met with Palestinian officials. This visit sends a signal of support of the European Union to the process which started with the signing of the recent agreement between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo.

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