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Parliamentary questions
20 June 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Murphy (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  ACAA (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of industrial products) between the EU and Israel

Article 9(1) of the ACAA between the European Union and the State of Israel provides that Israel shall nominate a Responsible Authority for the effective implementation of Community and national law. It should forward this nomination to the EU stating the territory for which the Responsible Authority is competent. Currently Israel has not specified the territory for which its Responsible Authority is competent. Thus, according to Israeli law, it would also be competent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The Commission acknowledged this notification in February 2013 specifying that the acknowledgement does not alter the EU’s position that the legitimate jurisdiction of Israeli authorities does not extend to territories brought under Israeli jurisdiction after 1967.

Article 5 of the ACAA allows industrial products that are ‘lawfully placed on the market’ in Israel to be placed on the EU market without being subject to further control.

1. In view of the statements made by the Foreign Affairs Council on 10 December 2012 declaring settlements illegal under international law, does the Commission not agree that settlement products may not be considered as ‘lawfully placed on the market’?

2. If so, how will the Commission ensure that settlement products do not come on to the EU market? And does the Commission intend to communicate that view to the authorities of the Member States in charge of controlling conformity of products with European requirements?

3. Has Israel already forwarded to the Commission its nomination of a Responsible Authority in accordance with Article 9(1) of the ACAA? If so, did the Commission acknowledge this nomination?

4. If a nomination has been made, did Israel specify that the territory for which the Responsible Authority is competent does not include the OPT?

5. In view of the fact that the Commission is aware that Israel defines its territory as including the OPT, does the Commission consider that a unilateral disclaimer by it would be sufficient to ensure that the ACAA ‘unequivocally and explicitly’ indicates its inapplicability to the OPT?

 OJ C 81 E, 20/03/2014
Last updated: 8 July 2013Legal notice