The European Union is contributing €10 million to support the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The EU supports the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Social Development Cash Transfer Programme responsible for the provision of basic social protection to the most vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The social allowances are paid on a quarterly basis to around 105,000 vulnerable families.
For this third payment in 2019, the contribution of the EU (€10 million) will cover the social allowances of 68,743 families of which 78% live in the Gaza Strip.
"This payment coincides with the International Human Rights Day. This reminds us once again that poverty remains one of the most serious challenges facing human rights worldwide. It is a complex challenge as it is both a cause and a product of human rights violations. Therefore combating poverty is not a matter of charity but a common objective that we should all stand for. In Palestine, we are proud of our long partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. We have been working hand in hand for many years to combat poverty and support those in need. This is in line with our shared values putting human rights first and leaving no-one behind ", said the Acting EU Representative Tomas Niklasson.
Most of the European Union's assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is channelled through PEGASE Direct Financial Support since 2008 to support the PA Reform and various National Development Plan, currently the National Policy Agenda (NPA) 2017-2022. PEGASE supports the PA 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. Since February 2008, over €2.7 billion were disbursed through PEGASE. In addition, the EU provides assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA as well as through a wide range of other cooperation projects. The European Joint Strategy 2017-2020 provides also a joint response to the NPA priorities including major reforms and development programmes implemented by key ministries in preparation for statehood.
 Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion de l'Aide Socio-Economique (PEGASE)