UN agency for Palestinian refugees in dire straits  

The critical financial position of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and its impact on people’s lives and the Middle East Peace Process will be assessed in a debate on Tuesday and a resolution to be voted on Thursday.

MEPs are likely to quiz EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on  the EU’s next steps after the recent statement by the US authorities that they will withhold crucial budget support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) this year.

MEPs are also set to urge EU member states and the global community to step up help for UNRWA, so as to prevent human suffering.  

In a resolution on the 2018 EU budget, MEPs called for more support for the Middle East Peace Process, the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, to help them cope with growing needs and to promote stability in the region.


Established in 1949, UNRWA provides essential services for Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. Since 1971, an EU-UNRWA partnership has enabled millions of Palestinians to be better educated, live healthier lives, access employment opportunities and improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the stability and development of the entire region. The EU is the largest multilateral donor to UNRWA, and the US is the biggest single contributor.

Debate: Tuesday, 6 February
Vote: Thursday, 8 February
Procedure: Commission statement with resolution

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