European Union direct financial support to the Palestinian Authority
Special Report No 14, 2013
In this report, the European Court of Auditors assessed how well the European Commission and the European External Action Service managed the Pegase direct financial support (DFS) programme which has been the EU’s largest programme in the occupied Palestinian territory since 2008, providing approximately 1 billion euro in funding from 2008 to 2012. It concludes that the Commission and the European External Action Service succeeded, despite difficult circumstances, in implementing the Pegase DFS programme. However, a number of aspects of the current approach are increasingly in need of an... overhaul. While some important results have been achieved, their sustainability cannot be ensured without major revisions such as encouraging the Palestinian Authority to undertake more reforms, notably in relation to its civil service. At the same time, a way needs to be found to engage Israel into taking the necessary steps to help ensure that Pegase DFS is effective.