In order to support the operation led by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the European Union has recently confirmed a financial assistance of $267M.
This support aims to reaffirm the European Union as a reliable partner of the UNWRA and also ensure security and assistance to the actions led by the Agency. European Union considers the UNWRA to be essential not only for maintaining security in the Palestinian territories but also for preserving respect for human rights.
As the High Representative/Vice-President of the EU, Josep Borrell, reminded :”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.”
His statement has been strengthened by the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Várhelyi, who wished to encourage support for peacekeeping in the area : “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 multi-annual funding.”
Including the direct support for the Palestine Authority and the funding to the UNRWA, the EU plans to provide a total of €1.152 billion in financial aid for Palestinians between 2021-24. Yesterday announcement about the $267M contribution is considered as a multi-annual contribution. 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.