Brusselse kijk op grens-geschiedenis Israel

Your question to the European Parliament



Standardbrief: Transatlantisches Freihandels- und Investitionsabkommen TTIP

Dear Sir/Madam,


The Citizens’ Enquiries Unit of the European Parliament (EP) acknowledges receipt of your message addressed to the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, with regard to the international fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Citizens’ Enquiries Unit has been asked to reply.


As reflected in the interpretative notice on the indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, adopted by the European Commission on 11 November 2015, the EU continues to ensure that EU legislation applies to Israel within its internationally recognised borders. The EU does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against Israel. The EU does not intend to impose any boycott on ⇒Israeli exports from the settlements. For further details please consult the notice in full, as well as the EEAS fact sheet on the interpretative notice.

‘The EU and its Member States are committed to ensure continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlements products. The EU expresses its commitment to ensure that – in line with international law – all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967. This does not constitute a boycott of Israel which the EU strongly opposes.’ These conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process of 18 January 2016 by the Council were also welcomed by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, in particular, that the EU strongly opposes any boycott of Israel.

Furthermore, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, also underlined in a press release on 12 February 2016 ‘that the indication of origin does not constitute a boycott and should in no way be interpreted as such. She stressed the EU’s opposition to boycotts against Israel and its firm rejection of BDS attempts to isolate Israel.’

The EU and the European Parliament have repeatedly called for a peaceful and lasting solution to the situation in the Middle East, as reflected in its resolution of 10 September 2015 on the EU’s role in the Middle East peace process.

Further information on EU relations with Israel is available on the European External Action Service’s (EEAS) website, as well as that of the EU Delegation to Israel.

We thank you for contacting the European Parliament.

Yours sincerely,

Citizens’ Enquiries Unit