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July 17 2013

C'était trop beau, le coup de la directive européenne. En fait, il s'agirait d'une _"soft law"_…

C’était trop beau, le coup de la directive européenne. En fait, il s’agirait d’une "soft law" (recommandation ?) et elle entrerait en application en janvier 2014. Ci-après, copie de la lettre adressée à Pierre Galland (coordination des comités Palestine en Europe) par Aneta Jerska :

Subject: [ECCP] EU guideliness - final confirmation
To: ECCP Google Groupe <>

Dear all,

As there was a lot of confusions today regarding the publication in Haaretz and Guardian I called several EU officials and this is what they confirmed:

1.The EU did not pass an EU directive, these are public EU guidelines “on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards”.

These have been in the pipeline for a while now, are a follow up to the EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of 10 December 2012, and are meant to be officially published on 19 July in the official EU Journal. It is not a “directive” as such but is rather “soft law”. It does not introduce new EU legislation but rather provides guidance on how EU MS should implement existing legislation. The guidelines will however indicate a determination to ensure that the guidelines are adhered with. They relate to the execution of the Commission’s budget until 2020. They will apply in all situations in which the Commission is called upon to grant financial assistance to outside parties (e.g. under programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus, Mundus, Marie Curie, twinning programmes...) They will not be binding on Member States’ programmes.

2. They will come into effect on 1st January 2014, not on 19 July 2013.

3. They will apply only to grants made to legal entities, not natural persons. Thus if a university within Israel proper has students from Maale Adumin, for example, that university will not be blocked from receiving EU funds. Nor will a business established in Israel proper but employing workers residing beyond the green line. But entities like Ahava and Ariel University would be excluded.

all the best

Aneta Jerska
Coordinator, Policy officer
European Coordination Committee for Palestine

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