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Parliamentary questions
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7 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Derk Jan Eppink
 Subject: Letter from the EU Representative to the Palestinian Authority

On 30 April, the EU Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, sent a letter to the network of Palestinian NGOs. In it, the Representative said it had not been ruled out that natural persons who were linked to, sympathised with or provided support for blacklisted groups or entities (presumably engaged in terrorist activities) could receive EU subsidies. So far, not a single Palestinian natural person has been debarred from receiving them.

This letter naturally angered our ally Israel and its people, who are targeted by these organisations.

1. Was the VP/HR aware of this letter? If so, does the VP/HR endorse the contents of this letter?

2. What will the EU do to reassure EU taxpayers that it is not funding terrorist activities in the areas governed by the Palestinian Authority?

3. Why has no black list so far been drawn up of Palestinian natural persons belonging to blacklisted organisations?

Original language of question: NL
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