EU contributes 2 Million Euros to Build Infrastructure Projects in Area “C”

Albiereh 20/1/2016: MDLF celebrated on Wednesday the signature of agreements to implement social infrastructure projects in the Areas classified as “C”. The agreements were signed with representatives of nine communities and funding from the European Union, amounting to two million Euros. The signature ceremony was under the auspices of His Excellency, Minister of Local Government and Chair of MDLF Board, Hussein AlAraj and EU Representative, Ralph Traf. It was attended by Acting Director General of MDLF, Hazem AlQawasmi and representatives of beneficiary communities.

 

This contribution is part of Area “C” Development Program, at the value of 9.5 million Euros, funded by the European Union, and governments of Denmark, France and USA. The Program was the outcome of community participatory planning involving local communities in the setting of their priority projects. The package in these agreements includes 15 social infrastructure projects and funding of water networks, roads, playgrounds and classrooms.

 

Mr. AlAraj reiterated the strong relations with the European Union and commended its continuing support and stances toward the Palestinian people and its support to the Palestinian question in all international arenas. AlAraj also underscored that the Palestinian leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Alhamdallah, dedicate much attention to Areas “C” and endeavor to secure the necessary funding for strategic development projects that would enable the Palestinians benefit from their natural resources in these areas and make life easier for them.

 

Mr. AlQawasmi also underlined the importance of this program for MDLF, which is helping improving the socioeconomic conditions of communities in marginalized areas, separated by the Israeli occupation apartheid measures. He also thanked the EU for their ongoing support to the MDLF.

 

EU Representative Ralf Taraf, said, “EU is committed to help the Areas “C” and provide humanitarian and developmental assistance to the communities there. He added that it will work in consistency with Palestinian government efforts to develop these areas and help the population enjoy a better life. Taraf also recalled the conclusions made by the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which emphasized that Israeli policy toward the Palestinian Territory occupied in 1967 must change radically, especially in Areas C. Such a change will lead to increased economic opportunities and will enable Palestinian institutions enhance stability and security for the Palestinians and Israelis alike.


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