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Parliamentary questions
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14 May 2015
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003932/2015

1. The EU promotes the rights of minorities in the Neighbourhood countries through various programmes funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, and the Development Cooperation Instrument.

All projects funded under these instruments in Israel are implemented by NGOs legally registered with the appropriate Israeli authorities.

The EU does not finance projects which have the purpose of rejecting the existence of another country.

2. The EU supports projects in favour of vulnerable groups in Israel, among which are the Arab minorities, financed under the abovementioned instruments.

Israeli NGOs that receive EU funding are expected to operate to a very high standard of professionalism and the projects implemented by them with EU funds have generally received a positive assessment from external evaluations.

3. The EU, through the Partnership for Peace programme (under the ENI), supports projects aiming at the peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in parallel to the political track of the Middle East Peace Process. The projects are selected through open calls for proposals, in compliance with the European Union’s Financial Regulation.

The Honourable Member can find further information, including the list of ongoing projects, on the webpages of the EU Delegation in Tel Aviv: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/israel/projects/list_of_projects/projects_en.htm

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