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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Israel (D-IL). After serving as a member of this Delegation for several legislatures, I now have the honour and privilege of serving as Chair. Together with Vice-Chairs Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR, NL) and Elena Yonceva (S&D, BG) and all D-IL Members, we work to strengthen the bilateral, structural relationship with the Knesset, the parliament of the state of Israel.

Our Delegation works in close coordination with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and other European Parliament bodies, such as the Committees on International Trade (INTA) and on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Our Delegation also exchanges views on the Middle East Peace Process with our colleagues from the Delegation for relations with Palestine (DPAL).

Israel is a key and strategic ally of the European Union, as well as a country that shares our values and heritage. Political, economic and social cooperation - as well as trade, cultural and scientific exchanges - with Israel date almost to the origins of the Union itself, and have been extremely fruitful for both parties. The respect for human rights and democratic principles is an essential element of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and the basis of the bilateral relationship. Israel is also gradual being integrated into European policies and programmes through the Action Plan of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

Our Delegation closely follows the evolution of the Association Agreement and the ENP Action Plan. Through parliamentary diplomacy, we aim to increase the impact and the legitimacy of EU foreign policy, go hand in hand with the efforts to ensuring coherence and complementarity by the close coordination of our activities. During the current term, the Delegation for relations with Israel will work hard to enhance relations with Israel and with the wider region. In today's complex international context, this will require effectively using all parliamentary diplomacy tools available. Striving for peace, security and stability in the region is the core of all our activities.

We vigorously contest any kind of amalgamation - including any originating in the EU - between Israel's government policies and Judaism or people of Jewish origin. In the same spirit, our Delegation, in association with the LIBE Committee and all the other relevant parliamentary organs, fights against antisemitism.

I look forward to working with all of my fellow members on these ties, and to cooperating with Knesset counterparts in an enhanced partnership.

-Antonio López-Istúriz White (EPP, ES), Chair 2019-2024

Delegation meetings

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Due to the epidemic of COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament and Parliament's political leaders have modified Parliament's calendar of activities for the next weeks. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions, while providing duty of care for its Members and staff, and protecting public health.

As a result, various meetings and activities due to take place on Parliament's premises, including those organised by the delegations, have been cancelled or postponed.

The Delegation for relations with Israel will resume its meetings as soon as the European Parliament returns to its normal calendar of activities

Meeting of 20 February 2020, 10.15-12.00, Brussels

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The meeting included an exchange of views on R&D cooperation between the EU and the State of Israel, with

· Ms Nili Shalev, Director General of ISERD - The Israel-EU R&D Directorate, Israel Innovation Authority

· Ms Anne Haglund-Morrissey, Head of Unit "Horizon Europe Association", DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

· Dr. Christian Ehler, Rapporteur on Horizon Europe Framework, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Meeting of 19 December 2019, 10.00-11.30, Strasbourg

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The meeting included an exchange of views on the relations between the EU and the State of Israel, in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel


Meeting of 7 November 2019, 14.00-15.00, Brussels

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The meeting included an exchange of views in the presence of
  • H.E. Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO and of
  • Mr. Fernando Gentilini, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service

Photo of the Delegation at the constituent meeting of 26 September 2019

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Group photo of the Members who took part in the constituent meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Israel on 26 September 2019 in Brussels Group photo of the Members who took part in the constituent meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Israel on 26 September 2019 in Brussels
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The Delegation for Relations with Israel held its constituent meeting on 26 September 2019 in Brussels.

43rd Inter-Parliamentary Meeting

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43rd EP-Knesset Inter-Parliamentary Meeting © European Parliament
The 43rd Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between the European Parliament and the Israeli Knesset was held on 31 October 2017 in Jerusalem. The Members of the two delegations exchanged views on the state of play of relations between the European Union and the State of Israel with a special emphasis on the current common security challenges in Europe and in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism, combating the rise of anti-Semitism, the Middle East Peace Process, and other issues at stake within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean - European Neighbourhood Policy.

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