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Parliamentary question - E-000864/2017Parliamentary question

    LAW-TRAIN, Horizon 2020 and Israeli human rights abuses

    Question for written answer E-000864-17
    to the Commission
    Rule 130
    Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL) , Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL)

    The Horizon 2020 LAW-TRAIN project is aimed at harmonising and sharing interrogation techniques between the different countries involved, in order that they may face new challenges in transnational criminality. The project is coordinated by Bar Ilan University in Israel and includes the participation of the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice and the Spanish Guardia Civil.

    The participation and allocation of funds to the Israel Ministry of Public Security through LAW-TRAIN is unacceptable, firstly because it is headquartered in occupied East Jerusalem, and secondly because this entity is in charge of the national police and prison services, both of which are responsible for serious human rights violations.

    The Portuguese Ministry of Justice withdrew from LAW-TRAIN in 2016 following protests against Israeli human rights abuses.

    In this context, and given the serious human rights violations that one of the project’s beneficiaries is associated with, the Commission is asked to answer the following: