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EU contributes over €20 million for vulnerable Palestinian families

May 14, 2019 12:08 P.M. (Updated: May 15, 2019 3:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union (EU) and Ireland made a contribution of over €20 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) payment of social allowances to vulnerable families in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.

According to an EU press release, the contribution will go through the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development’s Cash Transfer Program responsible for the provision of basic social protection to the most vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The social allowances are paid on a quarterly basis to some 108,000 vulnerable families.

The press release pointed out that EU’s contribution of €20 million and Ireland’s €275,000 will cover the social allowances of around 76,700 families of which 77% live in the Gaza Strip.

Jonathan Conlon, Representative of Ireland, said at this occasion that "Support for the PA Ministry of Social Development Cash Transfer Program is a part of Ireland's ongoing efforts to improve life for the most vulnerable in Gaza. As has long been recognized, the closure of the Gaza Strip has created an untenable situation and the people of Gaza deserve better.”

Conlon noted, “Through our programming and our political dialogues, Ireland seeks to offer hope to people living there and to bring about a sustainable improvement in living conditions."

Tomas Niklasson, Deputy European Union Representative, stressed that the "EU and Member States remain committed to supporting Palestinians in accessing basic needs to guarantee a fair and dignified life for every Palestinian family. Following the financial crisis faced by the PA, this is the very much awaited first contribution in 2019. A protected and empowered Palestinian society is a key element in building the future Palestinian State."

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