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The EU and Israel

  1. 1. Country press pack The EU and IsraelProgress in Relations – ENP Progress Report 2009EU-Israel bilateral relations remained strong in 2009. At the same time, deterioration in the overall politicalcontext, in particular as regards the Gaza conflict in December 2008-January 2009 and a lack of progress inthe Middle East Peace Process, negatively affected the process of upgrading bilateral relations between theEU and Israel. The EU remains committed to upgrading relations with Israel but the situation was notconducive to the resumption of the process.Israel remained an active partner in the framework of the ENP. This was demonstrated by progress made inimplementing a large number of priorities of the Action Plan. In November 2009 the EU and Israel signed anagreement on agricultural, processed agricultural and fish and fishery products, which entered into force inJanuary 2010. An EU-Israel agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance (ACAA) of IndustrialProducts was initialled in June 2009. Four twinning projects are currently being implemented in areas coveredby the Action Plan and selected by the Israeli authorities. International democracy indexes rank Israel at levelscomparable to EU Member States. As regards human rights and fundamental freedoms, more efforts areneeded to address the economic and social situation of the Arab minority and enhance their integration inIsraeli society.As a result of the global slow-down, bilateral trade started to fall in 2008 and bottomed out in 2009 with a fall ofover 20% compared to the previous year. The EU is Israel’s first trading partner (around 1/3 of overall Israel’strade).2009 Israel country progress report National Indicative Programme (NIP)The overall budget for bilateral EU assistance to Israel under the European Neighbourhood and PartnershipInstrument (ENPI) will amount to €6 million in 2011-2013, according to the country’s National IndicativeProgramme (NIP). This allocation will be used to support the implementation of the joint priorities agreed in theEU-Israel ENP Action Plan and includes: • Acquis-related activities in key ministries in areas such as trade, customs, veterinary and phytosanitary matters, justice and home affairs, internal market issues, transport, energy, environment, and “people-to-people” contacts, etc.; • Activities in the field of higher education, in particular with a view to aligning education and training policies in a global knowledge based economy; • Events for the exchange and dissemination of information on acquis - and ENP Action Plan issues.ENPI Info Centre Israel NIP wrap up
  2. 2. Photos: EU/ENPI Info Centre ©Find out more…ENPI Info Centre webpage – Israel Delegation – Israel – ENPI Israel country progress report fact sheet 2009 External Relations – Key documents Indicative Programme 2011-2013 Action Programme 2009 Plan Report Strategy Paper - Political and Economic relationsEuropeAid – Israel country page External Relations – Israel Trade – EU and Israel
  3. 3. Trade – Israel statistics II – Israel statistical profile spotlight on EU cooperation in Israel – EU Delegation (Hebrew) Info Centre – Israel news EU and Israel (EU Delegation publication - 2007) Info Centre feature - Women for Women (2008) Info Centre feature- Greenhouse project: Where filmmakers meet (2008) Info Centre - Photo gallery Association Council 2009 - Photo library ambassador - Presentation of Credentials 2009 – Photo library Council Meetings – Israel 2009 – Photo library - Photo library May 2010