Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will lead an EU cross-party delegation of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine to the West Bank and Gaza from 8th to 12th February 2016.
Martina Anderson said:
“As part of its mandate of democratic scrutiny of the EU policies and budget the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine will travel to the region from 8th to 12th February
“EU support to the Palestinians amounts to 300 million euros per annumand the delegation will assess the situation on the ground and the impact EU policies and assistance programmes are having on the lives of Palestinians.
“In all of our engagements we will be empathising the EU support of a two-state solution that will meet the security requirements of both Palestine and Israel.
“Reciprocal recognition of Palestinian and Israeli security needs, Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty and an end to the occupation that began in 1967, should form the basis of a conflict resolution process to resolve all permanent status issues in order to end the conflict.
“The implementation of the EU guidelines on the indication of origin of settlement products will also feature in our discussions. The delegation also intends to address the issue of the EU support to the rebuilding of Gaza, the illegal Israeli demolitions of EU-funded structures and the overall cost-effectiveness of EU assistance to the Palestinians.
“Last but not least, it will alsoassess human rights and democratic developments, including the need for the holding of the long-overdue elections to thePalestinian Legislative Council.
The group will be led by Delegation Chair Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, Irish) and composed of 6 other Members: Margrete Auken (Vice-Chair of Delegation, Greens, Denmark), Roza Thun (EPP, Poland), Eugen Freund (S&D, Austria), Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL, France), Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy) and Konstantinos Papadakis (NI, Greece).