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Parliamentary questions
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30 June 2015
E-010549-15
Question for written answer E-010549-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Arena (S&D)

 Subject:  Labelling of Israeli cosmetic products
 Answer in writing 

In July 2013, Ms Ashton sent a letter to several Commissioners requesting their cooperation to ensure ‘the correct labelling of imported products originating beyond Israel pre-1967 borders’ in view of having EU-wide labelling guidelines ‘published in the OJ before the end of 2013’. In his reply of 29 August 2013, the former Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Neven Mimica, stated that ‘the correct labelling of Israeli settlement cosmetic products imported to the EU is necessary in order to ensure their compliance with the EU legislation’. Further, he committed to providing ‘the necessary input as soon as the work is launched for the preparation of the EU horizontal guidelines or other implementing acts’ (Ares(2013)2945792).

DG JUST is aware that AHAVA cosmetic products originating from the Occupied Palestinian Territory and labelled as Israeli products are imported into and marketed in the EU.

On 16 April 2015, 16 Member States wrote to the VP/HR requesting that she expedite moves to ensure the proper labelling of Israeli settlement goods sold in Europe.

1. What efforts has DG JUST made to address the mislabelling of AHAVA cosmetic products?

2. Is the Commission fully committed to supporting the work led by the VP/HR?

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