Visit of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, to Catherine Ashton
On 14 December in Brussels, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, received Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority.
The EU had been working with the Palestinian Authority to build up the institutions of a future democratic, independent and viable Palestinian State living side by side with Israel and its neighbours. These efforts were regularly debated by the EU Council of Ministers.
The Action Plan concluded with the Palestinian Authority set up the agenda of the economic and political cooperation with the EU. The legal basis for the EU’s relations with the PA was the Interim Association Agreement on Trade and Cooperation signed with the PLO on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
The European Commission is the biggest donor of financial assistance to the Palestinians.