For health and education sectors
EU donates €15.6 million to PA payment of salaries, pensions in October
The European Union transferred €15.6 million to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance to assist the Palestinian Authority in paying the October salaries and pensions of its civil servants in the West Bank, primarily in the health and education sectors.
This assistance will assist the Palestinian Authority in meeting a portion of its commitments to Palestinian civil servants, as it continues to face a deeply concerning fiscal situation as a result of the occupied Palestinian territory's prolonged economic crisis. The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ongoing tensions with Israel, have exacerbated the situation, according to a press release issued by the Office of the European Union.
The €15.6 million contribution is provided by the European Union and is aimed primarily at civil servants in the West Bank working in the social sectors of health and education, as well as pensioners. This payment demonstrates the EU's unwavering commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state that is independent, viable, accountable, and democratic.
This is the first EU budget support contribution in 2021, which was postponed due to lengthy administrative processes associated with the transition to a new fiscal period. Addressing Palestine's deepening and unsustainable structural fiscal crisis requires the full cooperation of all relevant parties. According to EU Representative Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, Israel must clearly do its part to ensure an increased and predictable flow of revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.