EU Contributes €20M to PA April Salaries

JERUSALEM, May 6, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union contributed approximately €20 million to the payment of salaries and pensions for April of nearly 76,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, said an EU press release on Monday.

This contribution, which is channeled through the PEGASE mechanism, is funded by the European Commission (around €19.3 million) and the Government of Luxembourg (€0.7 million)

‘The European Union continues to support the Palestinian Authority, month by month, to meet the basic needs of the Palestinian population. Our contribution to the payment of salaries and pensions is one of the most tangible ways to help ensure delivery of public services’, said the EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter.

He added, ‘The EU’s direct financial support to the Palestinian Authority is not merely a cash-injection. Taken together with our institution-building programs our efforts are designed to achieve real reforms on the ground.”

Source: WAFA News