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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in securing a European Union decision on the labelling of products from Israeli settlements.

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The issue of correct labelling of settlement produce is a subject of ongoing work with our EU partners. We believe that EU-wide guidelines on the labelling of settlement produce would be an important step to ensure correct and coherent implementation of EU consumer protection and labelling legislation, which is in fulfilment of our previous commitments and is fully consistent with long-standing EU policy in relation to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In April 2015, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), signed a joint letter, with 15 other foreign ministers, to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini calling on the EU to follow through on longstanding policy to ensure the clear labelling of goods produced in Israeli settlements. At the May/June/July Foreign Affairs Councils the Foreign Secretary also pressed the High Representative to implement EU wide labelling guidelines.

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