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Parliamentary questions
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28 March 2019
E-001528-19
Question for written answer E-001528-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Isabella De Monte (S&D)

 Subject:  EUPOL COPPS mission
 Answer in writing 

The EUPOL COPPS mission has been assisting the Palestinian Authority since January 2006 in setting up the institutions of a future Palestinian state in the areas of police and criminal justice and is an integral part of the EU effort to support Palestinian state building as part of its commitment to the two-State solution to the conflict.

The Mission Headquarters is in Ramallah, but the staff live in Israel; this means that every day they have to go through the check point to reach their place of work. Staff from the EUPOL COPPS Mission police forces are required to work wearing their national uniforms and unarmed.

Their mission allowance is calculated on the basis of the cost of living in Palestine, which is much lower than in Israel. One also has to consider the recent tensions in the Gaza Strip and the city of Jerusalem, which are seriously jeopardising the safety of EUPOL COPPS staff every day.

Should the Commission therefore not:

1) Ask the Israeli authorities to allow the staff of that mission to wear their national uniforms only within their territory;
2) Adapt their mission allowances to the cost of living in Israel?

Original language of question: IT 
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