EU/Israel Association Agreement: Article 2

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will call on the European Community to activate Article 2 of the Euro/Israel Association Agreement which states that the upholding of human rights is a pre-condition to trade.

Photo of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister for Trade and Investment and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Trade and Investment) Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also FCO)

Article 2 of the EU/Israel Association Agreement states that "Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic prinicples, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement". There are human rights-related circumstances in which the Government would press for discussion within the EU of the suspension of the trade agreement with Israel. It would then be for the Council of Ministers to make a decision, in the light of Article 2.

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