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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2016
E-016053/2015(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Moedas on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-016053/2015

The participation of Israeli entities in Horizon 2020(1) is subject to compliance with 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’ adopted in June 2013(2).

The guidelines contain two eligibility conditions. The first one refers to the place of establishment (eligible entities must be established within Israel's pre-1967 borders); the second one to the place where the project activities are carried out (eligible entities may not carry out the project activities in the Occupied Territories unless they are benefiting the Middle East Peace Process).

The location of any other activities, carried out by this entity outside the scope of a concrete project application, is not relevant; the Guidelines are not applicable to such other activities and cannot render the project's activities ineligible on this ground. There is no legal basis to exclude entities/project partners if they carry out activities outside Horizon 2020 actions. In this context, the activities of the Israeli entities, taking place outside the concrete Horizon 2020 project activities, are not covered by the Guidelines.

In the case of Horizon 2020, the Guidelines are implemented at the level of the Work Programmes.(3) Furthermore, the Commission may carry out reviews or audits in order to ensure that the Guidelines have been properly implemented.

(1)The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020).
(2)OJ C205, 19/07/2013.
(3)The annexes of the Work Programmes dealing with eligibility for participation in Horizon 2020 actions refer to the Guidelines.

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