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RAMALLAH, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - The European Union made a contribution of €15 million to the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to poor families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It will contribute to payments made to around 65,839 families of which 80% live in the Gaza Strip, European External Action Service said in a statement on Monday.

The EU's support to the Palestinian Authority cash transfer programme is a commitment to the welfare of vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza.

The EU supports the Ministry of Social Development in serving a total of 110,000 vulnerable families through an inclusive and equitable social protection system.

"The EU is making its contribution to Palestinian families in need to be able to provide for their rightful basic human needs," said the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf.

"We believe that supporting vulnerable families in Palestine is fundamental to creating a strong and effective social protection system that leaves no one behind," he added.


 

RAMALLAH, June 11,2018 (MENA) - The European Union made a contribution of €15 million to the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to poor families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

It will contribute to payments made to around 65,839 families of which 80% live in the Gaza Strip, European External Action Service said in a statement on Monday. 

The EU's support to the Palestinian Authority cash transfer programme is a commitment to the welfare of vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The EU supports the Ministry of Social Development in serving a total of 110,000 vulnerable families through an inclusive and equitable social protection system.

"The EU is making its contribution to Palestinian families in need to be able to provide for their rightful basic human needs," said the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf.

"We believe that supporting vulnerable families in Palestine is fundamental to creating a strong and effective social protection system that leaves no one behind," he added. 

AMMAN, Jordan, June 10, 2018 (News Wires) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief has assured Jordan of continued financial support, saying it’s an investment in stabilizing an ally in the “most heated and difficult area of the world.”

Federica Mogherini visited Jordan just days after protests against proposed tax increases brought down the kingdom’s prime minister.

Mogherini told a news conference in Jordan’s capital Sunday that it’s up to Jordanians how to carry out reforms, but that addressing tax evasion is key to a functioning economy.

Jordan is increasingly in debt and dependent on foreign aid, at a time when regional crises have helped drive an economic downturn.

Later Sunday, Saudi Arabia is hosting a meeting of Gulf Arab countries to offer support to Jordan. Gulf countries, once an important donor, haven’t offered any funding this year.

LA MALBAIE, June 9, 2018 (News Wires) - The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said, at the end of a fractious session that had threatened to rupture the Group of Seven rich nations alliance.

US trading partners have been furious over Trump’s decision last week to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his “America First” agenda. Some countries have retaliated with their own levies on US imports.

US President Donald Trump had countered a slew of data on imports and exports from US allies on Friday with his own different numbers, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on international trade, an official who followed the talks said.

But, after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump struck a more affable tone and said the French leader was helping work out trade issues.

“Something’s going to happen. I think it will be very positive,” Trump said, without giving details.

Macron said it was possible to make progress on the trade issues that have split the US and its allies after meeting with Trump.

“I think on trade there is path, but there is a way to progress all together,” he told reporters.

 

MALBAIE, Quebec, June 8, 2018 (News Wires) - European Union members of the Group of Seven, including Italy's new Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, will present a united front on all issues to be discussed at a G7 summit in Charlevoix, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said on Friday.

Conte appeared to break with the EU line during his inaugural speech in the Italian parliament this week when he called for a review of EU sanctions on Russia.

Just before the G7 summit, he said Russia should be invited to rejoin the group from which it was excluded in 2014 for its annexation of Crimea.

But Tusk said Italy would toe the EU line at the G7.

"This morning I had the first and very good, promising meeting with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and I am convinced that here at the G7 we will have a fully united European position on all issues. Including on Russia. I am not talking about details but about the more general common line," Tusk said.

"We agreed also to meet him again, before our June European Council, in Rome."

BRUSSELS , June 8, 2018 (News Wires) - The European Union is scaling down its rule of law mission in Kosovo which helped guide the territory to independence after it unilaterally broke away from Serbia a decade ago.

The EU's European Council said Friday that the mission known as EULEX would hand over to local authorities the tasks of its judges and prosecutors operating in Kosovo, with Kosovo to "assume responsibility for all transferred investigations, prosecutions and trials."

From June 14, EULEX will monitor selected cases and trials, monitor and mentor prison authorities and provide support in EU-backed talks aimed at smoothing ties between Serbia and Kosovo. This new, limited mandate has been extended until June 14, 2020.

Kosovo had requested that EULEX be phased out and take on a monitoring and advisory role.

 

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