Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 19, 2013)

 

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, July 22, 2013)
European Union – Israel



Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, July 22, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will participate on July 22 in Brussels in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting which will be chaired by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

At the beginning of the Council meeting, the high representative will provide details on the EU’s comprehensive framework for action in Burma for the next two years. She will also present an overview of the EU water diplomacy strategy and will further comment on the latest developments in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

The ministers will discuss the political situation in Egypt following President Morsi’s removal from office.

They will then review the implementation of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights, a year after the adoption of these documents.

The ministers will also discuss the situation in several African countries: Mali, in the context of the presidential election on July 28; Somalia, in the run-up to the conference to be held on September 16 under the auspices of the high representative; the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region; Sudan and South Sudan.

Lastly, the ministers will hold discussions on the Eastern Partnership, in order to prepare for the 4th ministerial meeting which will take place on the same day in Brussels with the six Eastern partners and which will be attended by Mr. Thierry Repentin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs.

A working lunch will be devoted to the efforts to relaunch the peace process led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and will also provide an opportunity to revisit the situation in Syria and Lebanon.

 

European Union – Israel

Could you explain the impact of the EU’s decision to clarify the EU funding conditions for Israeli projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories? Is this a new policy or the implementation of the old policy? What impact will it have on relations between France and Israel, for example?

On Wednesday, the Commission published guidelines in the Official Journal of the European Union on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 for grants, awards and instruments financed by the EU.

These guidelines are intended to apply across the board to the various EU programs and grants for the period 2014-2020. They are only aimed at ensuring that the Israeli settlements do not benefit from these programs and grants.

They thereby implement the EU’s constant political position, expressed on numerous occasions by the Foreign Affairs Council, according to which Israel must – in accordance with international law – be clearly distinguished from the occupied territories.

Please also refer to the statement issued this morning by Ms. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.