Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson who is leading an EU Delegation to Palestine, has met with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs to discuss the topic of Indication of Origin labelling.
Ms Anderson said,
"Over 800,000 settlers live illegally in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
"These Illegal Israeli settlements remain one of the greatest obstacles to peace in the region and was the topic of conversation during our meeting with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs.
"The EU presently contributes directly and indirectly to the occupation of Palestine via trade in settlement products, financial support for Israeli institutions in the occupied territories and investment in Israeli military infrastructure through the nature of its present agreements with Israel.
"While labelling only affects 1%
of the total trade between the EU and Israel it amounts to an estimated
€200 million worth of illegal settlement products to the EU every year.
The Chair of the Delegation of Relations with Palestine, Ms Anderson said,
"Although we received a renewed commitment from the EU last November to label products from illegal Israeli settlements, we are still waiting for this to be implemented.
"The introduction of labelling on these products will inform consumers and allow them to make an informed decision when purchasing goods, the profits of which directly or indirectly, contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.
"This issue has been a key campaign for the Delegation for Relations with Palestine and we will continue to campaign on this issue in order to put pressure on Israel to respect international law and help advance a sustainable peace in the region."