EU says Financial Awards will not be Granted to Settlements

RUSSELS, July 16, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) Tuesday said that based on guidelines for the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the occupied territories for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards, any Israeli entity operating from the occupied territories will not be eligible for these awards.

The aim of the guidelines, said the EU, “is to ensure the respect of EU positions and commitments in conformity with international law on the non-recognition by the EU of Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.”

The EU defined the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 as the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over any of these territories and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, ‘irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law,’ it said.

It has also made it clear that it will not recognize any changes to pre-1967 borders, other than those agreed by the parties to the Middle East peace process.

source: WAFA News