Israel and the Palestinians have reportedly struck a deal to transfer the Qalandia Airport (Atarot) north of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. Read: Maan News, «Atarot airport near Jerusalem may be transferred to PA,» 11 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28718.
The move is designed to strengthen moderates within the PA and will benefit the presidency, which controls civil aviation. The civil aviation and transport authority was transferred to the Presidential Office after the parliamentary elections in 2006. It had previously been transferred from the presidency to the Ministry of Transport by President Mahmoud Abbas in 2005.
Read: Maan News, «The Palestinian civil aviation authority – under the control of the president or the minister of transportation?,» 22 February 2007, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=19904.
At the time, a number of competencies were transfered or retransferred from the cabinet to the Presidency or the PLO after a decision to enhance the cabinet’s responsibility in 2003.
The PLOs Palestinian News Agency WAFA was retransferred from the Ministry of Information back to the PLO Executive Committee Chairman. The State Information Service was brought back from the Ministry of Information to the presidency. Furthermore, a decision to move the Palestinian TV and Radio Station as well as the Palestinian Satellite Channel from the PLO Executive Committee and the PA Presidency into the portfolio of Ministry of Information was cancelled. A presidential decree transferring the Palestinian National Commission for Education, Culture & Science to the Council of Ministers was revoked.
Read: Palestinian Independent Commission For Citizens’ Rights (PICCR), «The Status of Palestinian Citizens’ Rights During 2006,» 12’th Annual Report, Chapter 1: The Executive Authority, http://www.piccr.org/dmdocuments/AnnualReports/2006/eng/chapter_1.pdf, 39.
All chapters are available from: http://www.piccr.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=163&Itemid=189&lang=en.