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EU contributes €15m for monthly pay to Palestinian civil servants

May 3, 2019 3:31 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2019 11:32 A.M.)
BRUSSELS (Ma'an) -- The European Union (EU) announced, on Friday, its contribution of 15 million Euros to the April monthly payroll and pensions of around 57,000 Palestinian civil servants in the occupied West Bank.

The EU said in a statement that the EU-funded contribution was a part of direct financial support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) through the PEGASE mechanism.

EU Representative, Ralf Tarraf, said, "The European Union is committed to protecting the future of a two-state solution and creating the foundations of a future Palestinian state, and this requires our political engagement, in addition to our financial support.”

Tarraf added, "Our support today to pay the salaries and pensions of Palestinian civil servants is another proof of our political will and commitment to stability and security. The EU has always been a reliable partner and will remain committed to the main political positions on the Palestinians."

It is noteworthy that the Palestinian government paid only 50% of the March salary to civil servants for the second month in a row.

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