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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2017
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005868/2017

The EU supports cultural, educational and sports activities in the ‘Burj Al Luqluq’ community center implemented by an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). ‘Burj Al Luqluq’ is situated in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the Old City of Jerusalem and provides services for a very vulnerable community, especially for women and children.

All EU-funded activities at ‘Burj Al Luqluq’ are monitored by the Office of the European Representative in Jerusalem. EU-financed activities of the community center are considered to be in compliance with EU human rights rules and standards and in conformity with applicable EU financial rules. This applies in particular to the period during which the grant in question, financed through the 2015-2018 East Jerusalem Programme, is carried out.

The EU uses all possible means to make sure that organisations which benefit from EU funds are not the source of incitement to hatred and violence. According to its long-standing policy, as set out in consecutive EU Council Conclusions on the Middle East peace process, the Quartet Report of 1 July 2016 and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the EU uses every occasion in its bilateral meetings with Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders to urge them to avoid incitement in whatever form.

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