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Parliamentary questions
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13 May 2020
E-002956/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE)
 Subject: EU funding for companies complicit in illegal Israeli settlements

In February 2020, the UN Human Rights Council published a database of 112 companies that are complicit in illegal Israeli settlements. Some of the companies, such as Mekorot, Motorola Solutions and Bank Leumi, have been receiving EU funding for many years through research programmes and loans. The Commission’s 2013 guidelines constitute a valuable means of avoiding funding entities that operate in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). However, they also lack valid implementation and monitoring mechanisms.

In the light of the fact that the Israeli Government plans to annex portions of the occupied West Bank from 1 July:

1. What steps does the Commission plan to take in order to exclude all companies listed in the UN database from EU funding?

2. Which mechanisms does it plan to implement to ensure that the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Development does not finance gross violations of international law?

3. The database includes European companies such as Booking.com B.V., Egis Rail and Alstom S.A.. Does the Commission plan to formally warn those companies against doing business in the OPT?

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