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Parliamentary questions
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26 November 2015
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011598/2015

Article 19 of Regulation (EU) n. 1291/2013 establishing the Horizon 2020 programme describes the ethical principles with which all research and innovation activities have to comply. These principles include relevant national, Union and international legislation, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights and its Supplementary Protocols.

The Commission provides a statistical update on a triannual basis to EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 on their entities' participation in the programme. At your request we attach a list of Israeli entities participating in the ongoing signed Horizon 2020 projects. Please kindly note that this information is covered by the article 7 of the regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions or bodies and on the free movement of such data.

In addition, the Agreement Israel signed to participate to Horizon 2020 includes a reference the ‘Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards’(1).

The Honourable Member can also refer to replies E-002757/2015 and E-010865/2015(2) on similar issues.

See annex : Annex

(1)Commission Notice No 2013/C-205/05 (OJ C 205, 19.7.2013) implies that, to be eligible for participation and funding in Horizon 2020, all Israeli legal persons must have their place of establishment within Israel's pre-1967 borders. Moreover Israeli entities may not carry out research activities from Horizon 2020 projects in the Occupied Territories.

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