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Parliamentary questions
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5 February 2016
P-015614/2015(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-015614/2015

The EU is aware that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had a system of allowances in place for Palestinian prisoners, their families and ex-detainees. This scheme has never been financed by the EU.

As the Honourable Member already states, the responsibility for payments to prisoners was transferred to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in August 2014 in order to meet the concerns of the donor community, and, since then, it is no longer charged to the budget of the Palestinian Authority. As a result, the payments to prisoners are not funded by PA tax revenues or donor funds.

PEGASE, the EU mechanism for Direct Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority, contributes to the payment of salaries and pensions of civil servants (most of them in the Education and Health sectors), social allowances and hospital referrals. All these funds are subject to rigorous ex ante and ex post verification procedures, notably including a specific check against a recognised data base of individuals listed as having a connection with terrorism of any sort.

The report of the European Court of Auditors No 14/2013(1) has confirmed that the financial procedures put in place are robust and that there is no evidence of corruption, mismanagement or diversion of funds.

(1)http://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocuments/SR13_14/SR13_14_EN.pdf

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