Thursday, 30 September 2021

Questions (44)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

44. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the engagement he has had at EU level with regard to the expiration of the current EU Israel Action Plan in January 2022; if he has called for any extension of the Action Plan to be contingent on a review of the commitments upon which the EU-Israel Action Plan is based, namely human rights, rule of law and fundamental freedoms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47171/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The EU-Israel Action Plan was agreed in 2005 and promotes the integration of Israel into European policies and programmes. It is in force until January 2022.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations leads on this issue and I have not had engagement  to date at EU level with regard to the expiration of the EU-Israel Action Plan. At the Council of the European Union, the Mashreq/Maghreb Working Party is the relevant preparatory body and this working party will be consulted on a renewal of the Action Plan in due course. As a member of the Mashreq/Maghreb Working Party, Ireland will engage fully in this process.