The Bureau of the European Parliament's DPLC today have condemned the killing of Minister Ziad Abu Ein by IDF Occupation Forces in the West Bank yesterday. “The attack on Minister Abu Ein, is a disgrace and a crime against the Palestinian people which he represented. The DPLC has worked in the past with Minister Abu Ein and member of the Delegation to Palestine are shocked and disgusted at the attack yesterday that claimed his life. The fact that Minister Abu Ein was involved in a peaceful demonstration planting trees to symbolize hope for both peace and justice, to mark International Human Rights day emphasises the injustice of the Israeli occupation and the culture of impunity that persists. The Israeli Government must bring to justice those responsible for his killing. The international community, including EU member states, need to act to protect the Palestinian People by ensuring Israel stops committing war crimes and ends the occupation. The EU should play role by using all the legal means we have in hand."
A joint meeting with the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries will take place Wednesday 17 December 2014, from 15.00-16.30
in Strasbourg, LOW S2.1
Exchange of views on the situation of the Palestine refugees:
UNRWA's role in the changing landscape of the Middle East
in the presence of
Matthias BURCHARD – Director of UNRWA/Brussels
Michael KÖHLER, Director for the Neighbourhood in DG DEVCO
An ad hoc delegation for relations with the Palestinian Authority was set up on 3 November 1993. The standing Delegation was created on 12 December 1996. In the absence of a formal Palestinian state, the Delegation was named ‘Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council’.
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 Palestinian Legislative Council.
The Delegation holds regular working meetings and hearings to prepare for meetings with its Palestinian equivalent, which are most often held in Palestine owing to the difficulties encountered by the members of the PLC in leaving their territory. The situation has become even more delicate since the isolation of the Gaza Strip in 2006. Meetings thus take place in Ramallah and Gaza. The most recent meeting between the two delegations was held in Ramallah and Gaza in February 2009, a few days after the end of the Israeli military operation.
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 Israel or Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.
You can contact the Secretariat of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council by email at the following address: