This week, along with my colleagues Lars Adaktusson (EPP – Sweden) and Davor Ivo Stier (EPP – Croatia) I signed a letter addressed to Mrs Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The EU has consistently asserted that it does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against Israel.
In the light of the above, does the Commission fund any Non-Governmental Organisations or projects associated with them that are signatories to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) call from 2005 or actively promote BDS?
The European funds destined to regional development or transport programs are governed by very strict rules. These rules cover the way the money can be obtained, the way the projects must be run, the results and post implementation monitoring. They apply to all the beneficiaries, without discrimination.
This strict money spending policy for the EU budget is a normal one. It offers surety and transparency in relation with the 500 million European citizens – the tax payers which are feeding this budget. This way there is a trust that the money end up where they are meant to go and they produce tangible, sustainable results.
EU financial aid, provided through the ENP policy, originates from the same budget. In consequence, the same rules must apply regarding transparency, responsibility and the results.
Looking at the European Neighbourhood Policy effects and what was gained after spending tens of billions of euros in the last decades, it is normal to raise the question: “Where are the results?”
The EU’s Southern and Northern Neighbourhoods are more volatile than ever and evolved into a source of problems instead into an area of peace, democracy and economic development.
The question raised towards Mrs Mogherini, using the European Parliament’s “written questions” procedure, tries to bring some light onto a situation where there are some reserves concerning the results brought by the money already spent. No matter the financing line and who manages it, the European funds must be spent according with a clear set of principles and their final destination cannot be differ from the declared one.
BDS call was launched in 2005 by a consortium of Palestinian political, non-governmental and union organisations. It calls for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions and embargo against Israeli companies and interests.
The EU never supported this BDS call or joined the BDS policies initiated and promoted by the Palestinian organisations.