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EMHERN: Members of the European Parliament Approve Major EU-Israel Trade Agreement: <br>Will Impunity Ever End?

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19 September 2012

Brussels, 19 September 2012 - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is disappointed MEPs passed a major trade agreement between the EU and Israel yesterday, in a move that clearly undermines the EU’s declared position on the settlements and International Law.
On Tuesday, MEPs sitting on the Committee on International Trade (INTA) voted in favour of the 'Protocol on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products' between the European Union and Israel, commonly referred to as 'ACAA'.
MEPs may claim that it is not an upgrade of relations between the EU and Israel, but this enhanced cooperation and the prospective conclusion of this protocol does in fact reflect a significant stepping-up of trade relations.
Specifically, ACAA effectively brings Israel into the European single market.