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The EU and the Middle East

The European Union's relations with the Middle East. The European Union is an active player in supporting efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and contributes, also as a member of the so-called Middle East Quartet (US, EU, Russia and UN), to the Middle East Peace process. EU relations with its southern neighbours features a regional dimension, the Union for the Mediterranean. The EU also has a region-to-region relationship with the “Gulf Cooperation Council” (GCC) made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, there are also bilateral EU-relations with Iran, Iraq and Yemen.

Mogherini visit boost for EU-Iran cooperation 18 April 2016, 22:27 CET
EU cooperation with Iran was given a boost over the weekend with the visit by EU foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini to Tehran, where the two sides committed to implementing the action plan agreed in Vienna last year.

EU strengthens R&D ties with Egypt 11 February 2010, 17:06 CET
The European Union will offer EUR 20 million to Egypt to promote research and innovation, Ambassador of the European Delegation in Egypt Marc Franco announced at the first Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace in Heliopolis, Egypt in late January. The funds will be earmarked for the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme that was established under the EC-EGYPT bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2007.

No preferential customs treatment for products from occupied territories: EC Court Opinion 03 November 2009, 12:05 CET
Products originating from the occupied territories are not entitled to preferential customs treatment under the EC-Israel Agreement, according to the Opinion of the European Court's Advocate General.

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