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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs on his proposal to exclude goods made in Israeli settlements from EU markets.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has not held any discussions with the Irish Foreign Minister on settlement goods.

However, settlement produce is the subject of discussion within the EU. EU Foreign Ministers, at their meeting on 14 May, agreed that:

“the EU and its Member States reaffirm their commitment to fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation and the bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products. The Council underlines the importance of the work being carried out together with the Commission in this regard”.

This ongoing work includes measures to ensure that settlement produce does not enter the EU duty-free.

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