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EU announces €261 million in support of UNRWA's operations

JERUSALEM, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (WAFA) – The European Union announced today offering €261 million in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The European Union confirmed in a press statement its role as a long-standing, predictable and reliable partner of Agency and one of its largest donors.

It said that the European Commission adopted €261 million as the multiannual contribution that will allow to secure predictable financial resources to the Agency for the provision of essential services to Palestine refugees. In line with the EU-UNRWA Joint Declaration 2021-2024, it includes the EU's three-year funding for UNRWA for a total of €246 million, coupled with an additional €15 million from the Food and Resilience Facility to address food insecurity and mitigate the impact of the Ukraine war.

High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, said:"The EU as UNRWA's long-term partner is committed to continue with political and financial support for its activities. UNRWA remains crucial for providing the necessary protection and essential services for Palestine refugees, supporting peace and stability in the region.”

He pledged that the EU would continue to support UNRWA in all its fields of operations, including in East Jerusalem. “Our support to UNRWA is a key element in our strategy of contributing to the promotion of security, stability and development in the region, which also helps to keep alive the prospects of sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Várhelyi, said:"We remain a reliable and predictable partner, and a top donor of UNRWA. Others need to step up and join the EU in providing predictable multiannual funding.”

“The Agency plays a stabilising role in the region. It must continue to do so, with a clear focus on its core mandate. We will continue to work with UNRWA to strengthen the Agency's governance systems and help step up transparency and sound management. We remain also firmly committed to promote quality education for Palestinian children and ensure full compliance with UNESCO standards in all education material,” he added.

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