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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2015
Question for written answer E-011472-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Participation of Palestinian universities in EU funding programmes
 Answer in writing 

Israeli mobility and restrictive border control measures in the occupied Palestinian territories create huge barriers to Palestinian students participating in the Erasmus programme and other student mobility programmes. It also makes it virtually impossible for Palestinian university staff to participate in international academic life, e.g. in conferences or EU research programmes. This barrier does not exist for Israeli universities.

Furthermore, Israeli-enforced visa and border controls have resulted in all Palestinian universities being restricted in their student intake and staff populations to those who live within a few kilometres of their campuses. The restrictions also make it very difficult for foreign academics to stay for extended periods to contribute as temporary visiting lecturers at Palestinian universities. In this regard:

Does the Commission agree that universities have a vital role to play in a viable Palestinian state?

What is the Commission doing to support Palestinian universities, given the challenges facing them as a result of the Israeli occupation?

On the basis of the most up-to-date figures. how much EU funding has gone to Israeli and Palestinian universities respectively under the Erasmus programme and FP7/Horizon 2020?

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