JERUSALEM, Dhul Hijja 28, 1433 / November 13, 2012 (MINA/WAFA) – The European Union, the Netherlands and Sweden contributed €19 million to the payment of the October salaries and pensions of around 84,200 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, an EU press release said Monday.

 The European Commission’s share was €13.8 million, Sweden contributed €4 million and the Netherlands €1.2 million earmarked specifically to the PA salaries in the Justice sector.

“The European Union is aware of how deep and complex the PA’s recent financial crisis is. In this context, we will continue our financial support and remain one of the most reliable and committed donors in order to secure the PA’s fiscal sustainability and protect its institution-building achievements,” said the EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter.

 He called “on other donors to step up their financial efforts to preserve the PA’s ability to deliver services to the Palestinian people.”

Most of the European Union’s assistance to the Palestinian Authority is channeled through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010) and the subsequent PA Palestinian National Plan (2011-2013).(J-001).

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