A few months after the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip ended, the process of rebuilding Gaza has begun. On 2 March, the foreign ministers from more than 80 countries will meet in Sharm el-Sheikh to decide how they will contribute to help end the humanitarian crisis and speed up the reconstruction. But the needs for development in Palestine do not stop in Gaza.
The European Union is the biggest donor of financial assistance to the Palestinians. It sees Palestinian reconciliation, economic development and the development of a society based on the rule of law as key steps towards a truly functioning Palestinian society.
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||Images of Ramallah, Palestine.
Civil police training in Ramallah, Palestine, supervised by the European Union’s Eupol-Copps programme.
||ITV Jean Frédéric Martin, Eupol-Copps Field Police Adviser
They're very aware of human rights issues, of violence and its increased use. They want to create an exemplary civil police force.
||Civil police training in Ramallah, Palestine, supervised by the European Union’s Eupol-Copps programme.
||ITV Colin Smith
Former Chief of Eupol-Copps
It’s important to develop institutions for the Palestinian Authority, for an eventual Palestinian State. Underpinning it has to be security. Underpinning security has to be a civilian police force responsible to a civilian ministry, the Ministry of Interior. And accountable to an independent judiciary, a police force meeting international standards that you could find anywhere else in the world. That is an important basis for any future Palestinian State.
||Police theoretical training - Ramallah
||ITV Roy Dickinson
European Commission, Jerusalem
Israel needs a Palestinian neighbour which has the rule of law, is secure, in which criminals can be arrested, in which people who pose a threat to Israel can be held by the Palestinian Authority. In that way, Israel hopefully will feel confident to withdraw from the occupation.
||Map Ramallah - Nablus
Worksite of the future headquarters of what is called the Muqata'a, the Ministry of Interior headquarters and the police headquarters.
Nablus Governor meets the architect.
||ITV Jamal Al Muhaisen
The creation of a headquarters for the Palestinian security forces will give the Palestinian citizens a sense of security in this chaos. It's crucial for a constitutional state and for human rights.
||Worksite of the future headquarters of what is called the Muqata'a.
||ITV Mazen S. Jadallah
Director general, International Relations & Projects Department
Ministry of Finance
It is thanks to the EU assistance that we still have a Palestinian Authority. If they had not provided considerable assistance to the Palestinians, the PA could have collapsed during the years 2006-2007.
||Palestinian Judicial Institute. “Seyada” Training for prosecutors financed by the EU
||ITV Assad Mubarak
Director of The Palestinian Judicial Institute
Installing an efficient judicial system is important for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian citizen has been deprived of justice for several generations. It will establish the principle of the rule of law in Palestine.
Harvest in the olives groves in Zububa.
||ITV Thomas Cazalis
Coordinator of olive oil project
Palestinian Farmers Union
We found we had unsold stocks of olive oil, which caused prices to plummet. The Palestinian olive growers had to sell their oil at a cost that was lower than the production cost, from 2001 to 2003.
||Olive oil quality control.
||ITV Haidar R Hajjeh
Quality and Certification Manager
Palestine Standards Institution
The export of olive oil helps the farmers to stay on their land, to cultivate it and to protect the olive trees. The profits from exported olive oil increase, they lead to economic growth and, in general, they create better living conditions for the farmers.
||Olive oil samplers
||ITV Jean-Marie Balassari
Consultant in olive tree and olive oil
It's important to ensure the Palestinians can manage and regulate their own activities.
||Map Deir Ammar
New wing construction in a school in Deir Ammar.
Children at school.
||Mohammed Ahmed Au Awawdeh
Head Principle Deir Ammar School
With a class of 20 pupils, I will have time to answer each pupil's questions. I'll be able to teach at my ease. Everybody will benefit from a better education for our children. It'll be easier on the teacher and better adapted to the children.
||Children at Deir Ammar school.
||Harvest in the olives groves.
||Graphic EU assistance in 2008
||City of Ramallah: Palestinians in the bank, in the street, traffic.