The European Union has made a contribution of €16.5 million to the payment of October 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 continues to make significant contributions to the Palestinian Authority budget to help pay the salaries of civil servants and pensioners. We are supporting Palestinian teachers, health personnel and social workers who are crucial for education, health and social welfare services", said the EU Acting Representative Tomas Niklasson. ''The Palestinian Authority has made significant tangible progress over the past few years in building the institutions of a future Palestinian state including the provision of quality services to its people. This progress should be maintained and enhanced,'' he added.