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Parliamentary questions
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17 October 2016
E-004703/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004703/2016

The European Union considers Israel to be one of its key partners in the region. The two sides enjoy a wide-ranging mutually beneficial cooperation, underpinned by the EU-Israel Association Agreement and Action Plan. As part of this cooperation the EU engages in regular dialogue with Israel on issues relating to human rights, in particular under the Political Dialogue sub-committee and the Informal Working Group on Human Rights.

These dialogues provide an opportunity to address a number of sometimes difficult human rights concerns with the Israeli authorities. The EU regularly urges Israel to take measures to prevent and address possible cases of torture and abuse, such as improving accountability, responding to requests by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to visit Israel and extending a standing invitation to all special procedures of the Human Rights Council. The EU considers that cooperation and engagement with Israel, which make such dialogue possible, are more effective than isolation or boycotts.

For now, the Commission intends to continue the LAW-TRAIN project. Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 establishing the Horizon 2020 Programme provides that all research and innovation activities carried out under Horizon 2020 shall comply with ethical principles and relevant EU, national and international legislation, including the principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights. Several mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the use of EU funds, including scientific evaluation, ethics review and monitoring of project implementation as well as audits and penalties in case of non— compliance.

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