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Parliamentary questions
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21 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004770-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Participation of the firm AHAVA in the Horizon 2020 programme
 Answer in writing 

Following allegations that the firm AHAVA, which operates in Israeli settlements, was being funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, in 2013 the Commission issued a communication with guidelines regarding the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities for funding from the EU. The Commission’s communication states that an entity with activities in the Israeli settlements cannot be eligible for funding.

Despite the fact that, up until the present time, the cosmetics firm AHAVA has maintained its office and has been operating in an illegal Israeli settlement on the West Bank (Mitzpe Shalem), exploiting the natural resources of the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, it nevertheless continues to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme, giving another street in Israel as its only address. To date it has received USD 4.5 million from the European programme.

Can the Commission say what action it has taken to check the extent to which AHAVA conducts its activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and maintains a factory in an illegal Israeli settlement on the West Bank (Mitzpe Shalem)?

Does the Commission plan to carry out a rigorous check in the Mitzpe Shalem region, specifically, to verify the accuracy of the allegations and put an immediate halt to the firm’s participation in the Horizon 2020 programme?

Original language of question: EL 
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