MEPs to debate US decision to stop funding for Palestinian refugees 

The Trump administration’s move to cease all US funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will be debated by MEPs, Council and EU Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement was made by the US State Department in August and sparked widespread Palestinian outrage, since around 5 million Palestinian refugees rely on the UN programme to sponsor health care schemes, schools, infrastructure and social services.

The current US administration has described the work of the UNRWA as an “irredeemably flawed operation” and also criticised other countries for not sharing the burden of supporting the Palestinian community enough.

MEPs are also set to discuss how the European Union should react to the US announcement. The EU and its member states are together UNRWA’s largest donor, contributing with 441 million euros in 2017.

Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union or foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Debate: Tuesday, 2 October