The line-up who will decide whether to invite Israel to join the EU market
By the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament (INTA)
INTA is set to vote on the controversial EU-Israel agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA). This is an additional Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement and concerns Pharmaceutical products. However, the approval of this protocol has been the subject of controversy, largely surrounding the state of affairs in Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the political messages that the EU would send out by signing this agreement.
Model letter to decision-makers
Dear [MEP/ Member of INTA]
The INTA committee is due to vote on the EU-Israel ACAA protocol on 18 September 2012. I am writing to ask that you vote for a suspension of the assent procedure to this protocol until Israel conforms to international humanitarian law, to international human rights laws and to its obligations, as a belligerent occupier, under the 4th Geneva conventions.
There is also the outstanding issue of the occupied territories. The ACCA protocol does not allow for legal considerations of territorial integrity and as of the present time Israel does not accept its internationally recognised borders, so any agreement with Israel would by its very nature incorporate areas that are essentially illegally occupied by the Israeli state.
According to Article 21 of the European Union, its actions on the international scene should be guided by commitment to inter alia: ‘the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms and respect for human dignity and the principles of equality and solidarity’.
The Council Conclusions in May 2012 clearly condemned Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories and stressed that they violate international law and undermine the two-state solution, to which the EU is committed.
This position was reaffirmed in the resolution passed by the European parliament in July 2012, which demanded that bilateral relations with Israel must take into account Israel’s commitment to respect international human rights and international human rights law towards the Palestinian population.
Allowing the implementation of the ACCA would be a breach of this demand; would be the first entry of Israel into the EU single market, providing Israel with commercial benefits while it continues its egregious policies, and would be seen as a contravention of stated EU policy. It would also be the thin end of a wedge and once enacted would be the template for access to the EU of other Israeli products.
Were the Council and the EU to implement the ACCA protocol, this would fly in the face of the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy 2011 which commits the EU to relations with neighbouring countries conditional on their respect for human rights. Assenting to the protocol would send a clear message that Israel’s violations of human rights in its own territory and international and humanitarian law in the OPT is of no interest to the European Parliament and would encourage Israel in its behaviour. Thus would illegality be rewarded.
Further Article 9 of the protocol requires the EU and Israel to nominate a responsible authority to ensure conformity of the industrial products. They will also determine the territory covered by this authority. However, here the conflict between Israel and the EU is apparent. While the European Union accepts the internationally recognised boundaries of the state of Israel, Israel does not make this distinction and there are no guarantees that this protocol would be confined to the internationally recognised territory of Israel. It is therefore inconceivable that members of the INTA committee could assent to the EU-Israel protocol as at present constituted.
The decision by the EU, at its latest meeting with Israel in July 2012, to strengthen its relations with Israel by offering 60 new cooperation activities in 16 different fields, has been met with dismay. So it is therefore crucial that MEPs use the new powers received through the Lisbon Treaty to play a role in EU’s foreign policy and send a clear message to Israel that business cannot continue as usual in the context of the continued occupation of the Palestinian territory.
These are the people who will vote on ACAA next week.
Key: NI: Non-Attached Members
ALD: Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
CGUL: Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left
CRG: European Conservatives and Reformists Group
EFD: Europe of freedom and democracy Group
EPP: Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)
GEFA:Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
PAS: Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Vital MOREIRA, Chair
PAS, Portugal Partido Socialista
Cristiana MUSCARDINI, Vice-Chair
EPP, Italy Futuro e Libertà per l’Italia
Robert STURDY, Vice-Chair
CRG, United Kingdom Conservative Party,
Contact: 153 St Neot’s Road, Hardwick, Cambs. CB23 7QJ
Tel: 01954 211790; Fax: 01954 211786
The Brussels office number is 0032 2284 7294
Paweł ZALEWSKI, Vice-Chair
EPP , Poland Platforma Obywatelska
Yannick JADOT, Vice-Chair
GEFA, France Europe Écologie
Laima Liucija ANDRIKIENĖ, EPP, Lithuania Tėvynės sąjunga – Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai
John ATTARD-MONTALTO, PAS, Malta Partit Laburista
Maria BADIA i CUTCHET, PAS, Spain Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya
George BECALI, NI,Romania Partidul România Mare
Nora BERRA, EPP, France Union pour un Mouvement Populaire
Daniel CASPARY. EPP, Germany Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
María Auxiliadora CORREA ZAMORA, EPP, Spain Partido Popular
William (The Earl of) DARTMOUTH, EFD, UK UKIP
Contact: Home address: 31 West Street, Wilton, Salisbury, Wilts, SP2 0DL
Phone: 01722 744814, Mobile: 07720028753
Marielle de SARNEZ, ALD, France Mouvement Démocrate
Harlem DÉSIR, PAS, France Parti socialiste
Christofer FJELLNE, EPP, Sweden Moderata Samlingspartiet
Metin KAZAK, ALD, Bulgaria Movement for Rights and Freedoms
Franziska KELLER, GEFA, Germany Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Bernd LANGE, PAS ,Germany Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Paul MURPHY, CGUL, Ireland Socialist Party
Franck PROUST, EPP, France Union pour un Mouvement Populaire
Godelieve QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL, EPP, Germany Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Niccolò RINALDI, ALD, Italy Italia dei Valori – Lista Di Pietro
Helmut SCHOLZ, CGUL, Germany DIE LINKE.
Peter ŠŤASTNÝ, EPP, Slovakia Slovenská demokratická a kresťanská únia – Demokratická strana
Gianluca SUSTA, PAS, Italy
Henri WEBER, PAS, France Parti socialiste
Iuliu WINKLER, EPP, Romania Romániai Magyar Demokrata Szövetség
Amelia ANDERSDOTTER, EFA, Sweden Piratpartiet
Catherine BEARDER, ALD, United Kingdom, Liberal Democrats Party,
Contact: European Parliament, Bât. Altiero Spinelli 10G246, Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Bruxelles, Belgium
José BOVÉ, GEFA, France Europe Écologie
Jacky HÉNIN, CGUL, France Front de gauche pour changer d’Europe
Syed KAMALL, CRG, United Kingdom Conservative Party,
Contact: Tel: 020 8546 2398 / Fax: 020 3292 1601 / 3 Bridle Close, Kingston KT1 2JW
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Web: www.syedkamall.com
Marine LE PEN, NI, France. Front national
Emma McCLARKIN, CRG, United Kingdom Conservative Party,
Her Contact Me form: http://emmamcclarkin.com/?page_id=11