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4 Mar, 2014

Close the EU to Israeli settlement products | Veterans News Now

In July 2013, the European Commission adopted guidelines announcing that the EU would no longer fund Israeli entities in the occupied Palestinian territories. A few years earlier, the European Court of Justice clarified that settlement products are not entitled to preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

These settlement products, however, often continue to be sold under the “Made in Israel” label. For this reason, the EU is now finalizing guidelines to make clear that under EU consumer protection law, retailers must specify the correct origin of products imported from Israeli settlements. One formula being envisaged is to label these as “Products from Israeli settlements (West Bank /East Jerusalem/Golan Heights)”.

The European Commission is also preparing a document to inform firms of the possible legal consequences of doing business with Israeli entities in the territories.

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