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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Stylianides on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004227/2018

The three EU instruments support different projects implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Palestine(1).

Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) is NRC’s umbrella programme for the rights-based actions implemented by the organisation in various countries. Each grant contract listed above refers to a specific and individual action and was awarded and signed according to the EU Financial Regulation.

In the occupied Palestinian territory, each action needs to be tailored to the relevant EU funding instruments and to a specific territory (Gaza, East Jerusalem and/or the West Bank). Hence, every EU contribution mentioned by the Honourable Member is for a specific project under the ICLA programme in a different location, and is governed by a different grant agreement.

For instance, in 2012, the three projects mentioned were implemented in Gaza, the West Bank excluding East Jerusalem, and in East Jerusalem respectively. Furthermore, regular monitoring, coordination, and financial controls are in place to ensure that there is no duplication among the activities of the different EU funded projects.

Also it is important to recall that only the NRC is eligible for applying for funding under the Humanitarian Aid Instrument (Framework Partnership Agreement with the Commission).

(1)This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

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