International Donors’ Conference for the Palestinian State: with the participation of Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Type: Report   Reference: I-055987   Duration: 10:25:12  Lieu:
End production: 17/12/2007   First transmission: 17/12/2007
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, unveiled a pledge of 440 million Euros to the Palestinian people for 2008 at the Paris International Donorsí Conference for the Palestinian State. The Conference was co-chaired by France, the European Commission, Norway and Tony Blair, Official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. Also attending this meeting were Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of the Palestinian Authority; Tzipi Livni, Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs; and representatives of all international donors to the Palestinians. Benita Ferrero-Waldner also announced the launching in February 2008 of PEGASE, a new financial mechanism to provide assistance to the Palestinians which will cooperate closely with the Palestinian Authority and will contribute to the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan. PEGASE will replace the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM) which will be phased out in March 2008. The biggest share of the 440 million Euros announced by the Commissioner will contribute to the implementation of the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan, presented by Salam Fayyad at the Conference. Funds will be provided for emergency and humanitarian aid and also to the budget of the UN Agency for the Palestinian Refuges (UNRWA). This package underpins the EU Action Strategy on Statebuilding for Peace in the Middle East. The aid will be implemented through PEGASE, which provides support for the implementation of the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan, is open to European Union and other international donors, and uses different modalities to transfer assistance transparently either directly to the Palestinian Authority or to beneficiaries. Benita Ferrero-Waldner also showed her readiness to support the Palestinian Authority in other ways. In 2008, some initiatives will strengthen the process of reforms and intensify the cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Indeed, the Action Plan between the EU and the Palestinian Authority in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy will be relaunched as setting for dialogue on the Palestinian reform agenda. Trilateral meetings on trade to intensify cooperation between Israel, the Palestinians and the EU will take place. This will build on the existing Association Agreements signed by the EU with both parties. Joint energy initiatives, including the bilateral dialogue in the energy sector on issues of common interest (electricity network, solar energy), will be launched with the aim of establishing a Joint Palestinian/Israeli Energy Office.

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10:21:12 Title 00:00:04
10:21:17 Exterior of the International Congress Centre Kléber in Paris (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:21:28 Arrivals of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy; Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic; Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign Affairs; Tony Blair, Official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East; Condoleezza Rice, American State Secretary; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of the Palestinian Authority; Tzipi Livni, Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs; Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP (9 shots) 00:01:18
10:22:46 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:22:50 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that in 2007, the European Commission plus the Member States, have given more than 1 billion Euros; for 2008, she made also a big pledge of 650 million Dollars, hoping that she can maintain a good level in 2009 and 2010 00:00:29
10:23:19 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:23:23 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that only if they get a political process really going, can they make a difference; for that, people have to start feeling that something is happening; therefore, the changes on the ground are as important as the political process; then it will be easier for the leaders to get compromises backed by their own population; this goes for both Israelis and Palestinians 00:00:29
10:23:52 General view of the press conference 00:00:07
10:23:59 Bernard Kouchner (in FRENCH) saying that the real winner is the Palestinian State, thus the Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad; they envisaged 5,6 billion Dollars and they have had 7,4 billion 00:00:23
10:24:22 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:24:25 Salam Fayyad (in ENGLISH) on the great effort on the part of all their friends in the international community in terms of indication of support they made at the meeting; saying that the Palestinian Authority is proud of these indications of support; they take it as a vote of confidence in their plan going forward 00:00:19
10:24:44 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:24:47 Tony Blair (in ENGLISH) saying that over the next few months, what they have got to show to people is that they are capable, within this strategy, with this plan, of making a difference on the ground 00:00:09
10:24:56 Cutaway 00:00:02
10:24:58 Tony Blair (in ENGLISH) saying that six months ago, they had none of these things in place; now they have; does that mean the job is done? No; it simply means that they have a chance to do it 00:00:14
10:25:12 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:07
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