European Union (EU) announced Tuesday 14 June 2022 the resumption of delayed EU aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, president of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen said that all EU funds will be dispersed rapidly after all difficulties that delayed the dispersion of the funds have been resolved.
Leyen noted that for many years now the EU has been supporting Palestine and the Palestinian people. “As team Europe, we are the largest donor to Palestine, with around 600 million Euros per year.”
She announced that the EU funds for 2021 can be dispersed rapidly after all difficulties were resolved. “At the moment, we have mobilized 25 million Euros to improve the food security in Palestine,” she said, noting that this is a short-term and immediate help that is necessary.
She stressed the importance of discussing the mid-and long-term activities to improve food dependency, which she stressed has to decrease and to improve the own capacity to grow the necessary food.
She conveyed sincere regret for the death of the Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. “The EU strongly condemns the killing of the journalist and we call for a thorough independent investigation.”