EU announces €52 million development package for PA
Published Monday 09/09/2013 (updated) 16/09/2013 09:39
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union on Monday announced a €52 million assistance package to support development in Palestine.
The funding was announced during caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah's visit to Brussels.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said the ultimate objective of the financial assistance "remains the establishment of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace and security," an EU statement said.
Some €13 million will help municipalities invest in small infrastructure projects and improve management practices, while €11 million will "promote sustainable, private sector-led social and economic development" which will create jobs, the statement said.
Meanwhile, €20 million will help build the new Nablus East Water Treatment Plant
The remaining €8 million will support the delivery of community services in East Jerusalem "in order to consolidate the possibility of reaching a future political agreement of the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states."
The package is the final part of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument assistance, bringing the total contributed to the Palestinian people to €300 million in 2013.