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.”
Brussels-based EU and international trade boutique Stanbrook & Hooper has appointed a new managing partner as it steps up its international strategy Senior partner Clive Stanbrook will hand over day-to-day management to Scott Crosby. Stanbrook is spending more time in North America and Asia, but will continue to develop its antitrust practice and its international […]