The Jewish Claims Conference and German government agreed Wednesday to
increase pensions for Eastern European Holocaust survivors and include
some 1,500 more Western Europeans in the payment scheme, the Claims
Conference said.

Under the agreement, the 1,500 new claimants will be paid a total of
US$65 million (euro48.37 million) over the next decade, the Claims
Conference said in a statement.

Additionally, the Claims Conference successfully argued that the cost of
living in Eastern Europe has gone up, and secured an increase for
Holocaust survivors there. Payments for people in Eastern European EU
countries will go from euro175 (US$235) to euro200 (US$269) monthly, and
in non-EU countries from euro135 (US$181) to euro165 (US$222) as of Oct.
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“These breakthroughs will help survivors in many countries,” said Gideon
Taylor, Claims Conference Executive Vice President, in a statement.
“They are important both financially and morally. Particularly
significant are the increases in pensions for survivors in the countries
of the former Eastern bloc, who are facing steep rises in the cost of
living.”