EU defends labeling goods made in Israeli settlements

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel, Garcia-Margallo and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz attend a European Union foreign ministers meeting at the European Council in BrusselsBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union reinforced on Monday its position that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labeled in Europe, despite growing tensions with Israel over the issue, but stressed that the bloc opposes any boycott of the Jewish state. EU foreign ministers said the guidelines on labels for farm and other products, which were unveiled in November and branded discriminatory by Israel, were there to explain EU law and did not mark a change in the European Union's long-held opposition to Israeli settlements. "The EU and its member States are committed to ensure continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlements products," ministers said in a statement.


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