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Palestinians: International Assistance

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza who will receive salary remittances via restored EU funding through the Temporary International Mechanism. (148958)

30,000 Palestinian Authority (PA) employees in Gaza currently receive allowances under the Temporary International Mechanism.

On 18 June, EU Foreign Ministers discussed the resumption of assistance to the PA. They concluded that the EU should develop the conditions for urgent practical and financial assistance. The EU has not yet decided how this will be delivered and is discussing options with the PA. These options include funding for private sector arrears and allowances for other PA workers. We expect the EU to announce its decision in the next few weeks.