JERUSALEM, Tuesday, November 02, 2021 (WAFA) - The European Union transferred a contribution of €15.6 million to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance to help the Palestinian Authority pay the October salaries and pensions of its civil servants mostly in the health and education sector in the West Bank.
This support will help the Palestinian Authority to meet a part of its commitments towards Palestinian civil servants, as it continues to face a deeply worrying fiscal situation as a result of the prolonged economic crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory. This situation is seriously exacerbated by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing tensions with Israel, said a press release issued by the Office of the European Union Representative.
The €15.6 million contribution is provided by the European Union and targets civil servants mostly working in the social sectors of health and education in the West Bank as well as pensioners. This payment underlines the EU's unwavering commitment to building an independent, viable, accountable, and democratic Palestinian state.
This is the first EU budget support contribution in 2021 which was delayed due to lengthy administrative processes given the change to a new budgetary period. Addressing the deepening and unsustainable structural fiscal crisis in Palestine requires the full support of all relevant parties. Israel clearly has to do its part to ensure an increased and predictable flow of revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, said EU Representative Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.