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Parliamentary questions
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8 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Peter Lundgren
 Subject: EU funding for Palestine

Since 2000, the European Union has provided more than EUR 770 million in humanitarian assistance to help meet the basic needs of the Palestinian population. The money appears to be earmarked for salaries and pensions of employees in the health and education sectors and for social security benefits (1) .

Does the Commission agree that allocating an excessive amount of EU money to the Palestinians demonstrates its bias in relation to the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict?

Does it agree that allocating an excessive amount of EU money to the Palestinians constitutes an indirect way of recognising Palestine as a state, since the EU is not competent to recognise any state, and that it implies Commission support for the founding of a Palestinian state?

Does it agree that Jordan is actually a Palestinian state, that it would therefore be more appropriate to call it Palestine, and that a ‘second’ Palestinian state should never be founded? If not, why not? 

(1) https://ec.europa.eu/echo/where/middle-east/palestine_en
Original language of question: SV
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