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Mon 12 October 2021:

The European Union has disbursed €92 million ($33.47 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), following a delay of donations since the start of the year.

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said: “We remain determined to support UNRWA both politically and financially, including by providing long term reliability. The Agency plays an essential role in providing vital services to millions of Palestine refugees and stabilising the region.”

“Our support to UNRWA is not only a humanitarian duty; it also helps to keep alive the prospects of sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. UNRWA’s services remain key to contributing to a viable negotiated two-State solution, including a fair, agreed and realistic solution to the refugee issue.”

The European commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, added: “The EU is a reliable and predictable partner, and a top donor of UNRWA. UNRWA plays a stabilising role in the region. It must continue to do so, with a clear focus on its core mandate. We will leave no issue off the table in finding innovative approaches to find a sustainable financing model.”

UNRWA’s funding comes almost entirely from voluntary donations made by UN member states. The agency faced severe financial difficulties since the US administration of President Donald Trump stopped US aid donations altogether in 2018.






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