The European Union has made today a contribution of €8 million to the payment of November salaries and pensions of more than 40,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank.
This contribution is funded by the European Union as part of its Direct Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority channelled through PEGASE.
The European Union Acting Representative Tomas Niklasson said that "the European Union has always been a reliable and predictable partner and will remain committed to the key policy positions with regards to Palestinians. Today's payment to salaries and pensions for Palestinian civil servants is an illustration of the EU's continued political engagement, as well as financial support to maintaining the viability of the two-state solution and creating the basis for a future Palestinian state. This is also in support of the Palestinian Financial Management reforms that aim at improving implementation of public policies and ensuring transparency of public expenditure".
Most of the European Union 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, including the ongoing National Policy Agenda "Putting Citizens First". As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its recurrent expenditure, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood. In the last 11 years, over €2.6 billion were 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)