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Palestinians: EU aid

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories is used for legal and legitimate purposes. (177305)

The European Commission takes fiduciary risk management very seriously. Most projects are managed internally and therefore the European Commission is able to ensure that it has complete control over all funds. The EU also funds the UN Refugee and Works Agency, which delivers support to Palestinians in Gaza, this funding is managed by strict UN controls. Other EU assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territories is provided through the EU’s Temporary International Mechanism. This provides allowances for public sector workers, including teachers, and for the poorest Palestinians. It also pays for basic services such as healthcare and provides fuel for electricity supplies. The Temporary International Mechanism is organised so that funds pass directly to beneficiaries and suppliers of goods and services. Either the World Bank or the European Commission approves all expenditure and all Palestinians paid under the Temporary International Mechanism are vetted against five different internationally recognised terrorist lists.