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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001517/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001517/2019

In Gaza, the first priority for all parties must be for de-escalation and maximum restraint, in order to re-establish calm and to protect the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

In the wake of the United States proclamation on the Golan Heights on 25 March 2019(1), the EU adopted a declaration, confirming that in line with international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions 242(2) and 497(3), the EU does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

The basis for the EU-Israel relations lies in the EU-Israel Association Agreement(4) that entered into force in 2000. This includes provisions on regular political dialogue, on freedom of establishment and liberalisation of services, the free movement of capital, competition rules and the strengthening of economic and social cooperation.

The agreement states that the respect for human rights and democratic principles is an essential element of the agreement. A regular and frank dialogue will remain the primary means by which the EU conveys its concerns to Israeli partners.

(1)https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-recognising-golan-heights-part-state-israel/
(2)http://unscr.com/en/resolutions/242
(3)http://unscr.com/en/resolutions/497
(4)http://www.eeas.europa.eu/archives/delegations/israel/documents/eu_israel/asso_agree_en.pdf

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