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EU-Israeli Relations: Prospects for cooperation?

Foreign affairs and security policy

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Free participation in our meetings is a benefit of CEPS membership. Non-members may be admitted for Euro 50, paid in cash at registration. Representatives of the European institutions & members of the press benefit from free entrance, too. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.

CEPS Event

EU-Israeli Relations: Prospects for cooperation?


EU-Israeli relations are supposedly based on shared values as well as common strategic and economic interests. However, there are political disagreements over the fate of the Palestinians, settlements and the rise of the extreme right in Europe. The EU’s recent requirement for labelling goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories by Israeli companies has caused consternation in Jerusalem. Israel’s reaction was comparing this measure to the discriminatory policies undertaken during World War II. In spite of the rising emotions, economic relations between the two entities remain impressive (30 billion dollars in total trade). The state of play of both the constructive and challenging aspects of relations between the European Union and Israel will be discussed in this panel. 

Umut Uzer
Umut Uzer

Speakers list
Shuli Davidovich

Minister, Deputy Chief, Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO

Christian Berger

Director for the Middle East and North Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Brigitte Herremans

Middle East Desk, Pax Christi, Broederlijk Delen