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21 April 2016
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001075/2016

The EU rejects violence and incitement to violence. As regards funding of Palestinian organisations, the EU provides support as part of its commitment to Palestine state-building and promotion of democratic values, the rule of law and human rights. All EU-funded projects include respect for these fundamental principles and core values and go through systematic monitoring and evaluation, in full compliance with EU rules and procedures in the management of activities.

The EU does not provide global funding to NGOs but provides grants supporting specific actions under programmes with clearly-defined objectives. The EU is not currently funding Ma'an Network. Under the framework of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights programme; however the EU did fund a project implemented by Ma'an Network aiming to empower civil society by expanding press freedom, access to information and awareness of human rights issues in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two-year project ended in 2013.

The EU will continue paying attention to hate speech, defamation and incitement to violence, including in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict and especially in the mass media within the region suffering so gravely from increased extremism and radicalism in both political and security terms.

In their Statement on 12 February 2016, the Middle East Quartet Principals, including HR/VP Mogherini, once again condemned acts of terror and called upon all parties to reject incitement.

The Honorable Members can also refer to reply E-013967/2015 on a similar subject(1).


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