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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 27 May 2021

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Questions (185)

Patricia Ryan


185. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the current status of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29063/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Occupied Territories Bill would not be compatible with EU law, and would not be implementable. This is the clear legal advice on this matter. The Government will therefore not be taking it forward.

We have supported legal avenues to differentiate between settlements and Israel, for example by joining a case before the European Courts in 2019 on labelling of certain goods produced in settlements. Ireland has consistently and strongly opposed settlements, and will continue to do so.