The European Union (EU) has a long-standing commitment to the vision of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. The EU and the Palestinian Authority (PA) enjoy a strong partnership guided by the principles of mutual accountability, transparency and deep democracy that are essential to the establishment of a future democratic Palestinian state.
The European Union (EU) works with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to build up the institutions of a future democratic, independent and viable Palestinian State living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security.
The EU is active in the Middle East Peace Process and is a member of the Middle East Quartet (with the United States, Russia and the United Nations), working towards a two-state solution based on the 2003 Roadmap for Peace. These efforts are regularly debated by the EU Council of Ministers.
In the context of the ‘European Neighbourhood Policy’ (ENP), the EU has entered into a number of partnership arrangements which collectively guide the relationship between the EU and the Palestinian Authority. These include the:
- Interim Association Agreement on Trade and Cooperation, signed with the PLO on behalf of the PA and setting out the legal basis for EU-PA relations;
- European Neighbourhood Instrument, which defines the EU financial support for Palestine for the implementation of ENP initiatives;
- ENP bilateral Action Plan, which sets out an agreed agenda for political and economic reforms. This entered into force in 2013;
- Single Support Framework (SSF), covering 2014, 2015 and 2016 and setting out assistance priorities for the three sectors of intervention on a multi-annual basis.