Set up following the direct elections of 1979, the Delegation for relations with Israel is one of Parliament’s oldest delegations.
The delegation is responsible for ‘maintaining and developing Parliament's international contacts’, while focusing on ‘the parliamentary dimension’, which in this case refers to relations with the Knesset.
The delegation holds regular working meetings and hearings to prepare for meetings in Israel or Strasbourg/Brussels with its Israeli counterpart.
The 40th Inter-Parliamentary meeting took place in Brussels on 3 December 2014.
Depending on events in the region, the delegation can hold joint meetings with the relevant parliamentary committees (AFET, DROI and DEVE) or other delegations with responsibility for the region, such as the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council or the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.
Following the elections of May 2014, the new Delegation for relations with Israel was set up in October (for the 2014-2019 parliamentary term).
It consists of 18 members and is chaired by Mr Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, IT).