EU Approves Palestinian Aid Package

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The European Commission on Tuesday approved €252.5 million ($274 million) of aid for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestinian refugees, in the EU’s first assistance package of 2016, according to Palestinian news service Ma’an, quoted by Arutz Sheva.

The package includes €170.5 million ($185M) which will go directly to the PA — in particular to its health and education services — while the remaining €82 million ($89M) is earmarked for UNRWA.

“The European Union renews its concrete commitment to the Palestinians,” Federica Mogherini, vice-president of the European Commission, said in a statement.

“Through this package, the EU supports the daily lives of Palestinians in the fields of education and health, protecting the poorest families and also providing the Palestinian refugees across the country with access to essential services.”

In a reference to the historically corrupt Palestinian leadership, Mogherini also called for the PA’s institutions to “become more transparent, more accountable and more democratic.”