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European Union – Israel (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - July19, 2013)

Q - Could you explain the impact of the EU’s decision to clarify the EU funding conditions for Israeli projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories? Is this a new policy or the implementation of the old policy? What impact will it have on relations between France and Israel, for example?

A - On Wednesday, the Commission published guidelines in the Official Journal of the European Union on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 for grants, awards and instruments financed by the EU.

These guidelines are intended to apply across the board to the various EU programs and grants for the period 2014-2020. They are only aimed at ensuring that the Israeli settlements do not benefit from these programs and grants.

They thereby implement the EU’s constant political position, expressed on numerous occasions by the Foreign Affairs Council, according to which Israel must – in accordance with international law – be clearly distinguished from the occupied territories.

Please also refer to the statement issued this morning by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.



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