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Parliamentary questions
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10 March 2015
E-003793-15
Question for written answer E-003793-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU foreign policy and its execution with regard to Operation Protective Edge — radical political NGOs receiving EU funding
 Answer in writing 

On 23 March 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Council will release its report on the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

The UN resolution which established the Commission of Inquiry authoring the report was adopted despite the EU’s position against it. Italy, speaking at the relevant UN session on behalf of the EU, declared that the adopted text was ‘unbalanced’ and that the Commission of Inquiry had ‘prejudged the findings even before it was formed’. None of the EU’s suggestions were accepted. Furthermore, the resolution stands in direct conflict with the July 2014 conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council.

Radical political NGOs were one of the strongest forces in bringing this mandate, and the entire resolution, into being. The role they played in promoting the resolution included the use of hostile statements, open letters, articles, other publications and events, aimed at making the text as one-sided as possible. Many of these NGOs receive extensive funding from the EU and European governments(1).

William Schabas, the head of the Commission of Inquiry, recently resigned after his bias was exposed.

1. How does the European External Action Service (EEAS) and/or the Commission plan to defend its position on the report?

2. Is the EEAS and/or the Commission concerned about the fact that EU-funded NGOs are acting to frustrate EU policy? What measures will the EEAS and/or the Commission take to prevent this?

(1)http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=14897&LangID=E

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