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11 Nov 2015

Peter Beaumont, Guardian (UK)

EU issues guidelines on labelling products from Israeli settlements in Palestine

The European Union has issued new guidelines for the labelling of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, after years of deliberation and in the teeth of fierce Israeli opposition...The measures will primarily cover fruit and vegetables and should affect less than 1% of all trade from Israel to the EU, which is worth about €30bn...On some products, like fruit and vegetables, the labelling referring to settlements will be mandatory, while on others it will be voluntary...Announcing the new guidelines, a European commission official said it had “adopted this morning the Interpretative Notice on indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967”...Although the new guidelines are expected to have little real economic impact, they do carry a political significance for Israel, not least because of the widespread agreement among European governments over their implementation.