EU provides e7m for Palestinian judiciary Europe, US get closer on merger legislation

Unlike Israel and the US, the EU appears to have kept faith with the Palestinian Authority, with the European Commission (EC) spending e7m (£4.5m) on supporting its judicial reforms

Brussels' decision follows a new law guaranteeing the judiciary's independence, which the aid will reinforce.
EU money will fund: systematic training; new procedural laws; improved working conditions, including installing adequate information systems; and a reduction of delays for cases pending.
The money will be channelled through the EU Humanitarian Aid Office (Echo) and the EuropeAid Co-operation Office. EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten has called on Israel not to impede the work. Since mid-2001 there have been over 20 incidents involving European organisations, EC contractors and officials being prevented from carrying out their tasks properly in the Palestinian Territories.
Patten said: “The projects sponsored by the EC are concrete initiatives in resp-onse to the worsening crisis and in support of the ongoing Palestinian reform process.”