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Israel and the EU

Latest news about relations between the European Union and Israel

The EU-Israel Association Agreement, which has been in force since 2000 within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership (Barcelona Process), governs relations between the two parties. It aims to strengthen political stability and economic development.

Regional cooperation is another feature of the agreement, with regular political dialogue on issues of common interest.

Although it is part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Israel, due to its advanced economy, receives limited funding from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) for the implementation of institutional Twinning projects.

However Israeli NGOs are eligible for EU thematic budget lines, in particular EIDHR (European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy) and the Civil Society Facility. The EU-Israel Action Plan, agreed in 2006 is based on shared common values of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and basic freedoms and promotes the integration of Israel into European policies and programmes.

The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is the main EU financial instrument during the financial period 2014-2020.


  • Israel: Economy Overview
  • Israel Investment Climate 2009
  • Starting a business in Israel
  • EU Delegation to Israel


    Products from Israeli settlements must be labelled as such: EU top Court 12 November 2019, 23:43 CET
    Foodstuffs originating in Israel's occupied territories must bear the indication of their territory of origin, the EU's top Court ruled on Tuesday, and be labelled if originating from an Israeli settlement.

    EU committed to Jerusalem as shared capital 23 January 2018, 18:34 CET
    European foreign ministers reiterated Monday their 'united and clear messages' on the importance of preserving a two-state solution for and the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.

    Annual European Neighbourhood Policy reports 2009 13 May 2010, 15:32 CET
    The annual European Neighbourhood Policy reports once again demonstrate the clear benefits that the European Union brings to its neighbours. For five years, the European Union has been delivering more trade, more aid, more people-to-people contacts and far deeper co-operation between the EU and its neighbours on the whole range of their economic, political and sectoral reforms. Our partnership has significantly developed in areas like transport, energy, environment and climate change, research, health and education. This has been backed up with an increase in the current Financial Framework by 32% and will reach over EUR 2 billion annually in 2013.

    Israel: Economy Overview 25 January 2017, 21:19 CET
    Israel has a technologically advanced market economy.

    Starting a business in Israel 12 February 2010, 16:41 CET
    This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Israel.

    EU Delegation to Israel 12 February 2010, 16:38 CET
    Contacts of the European Delegation to Israel

    Israel Investment Climate 2009 12 February 2010, 17:29 CET
    Israel is open to foreign investment, and the government actively encourages and supports the inflow of foreign capital.

    No preferential customs treatment for products from occupied territories: EC Court Opinion 03 November 2009, 13:05 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.

    European Commission Technical Assistance Office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip 11 June 2007, 14:52 CET
    The EU’s relationship with the region, and the Palestinians in particular has grown deeper over the past decades. The EC hopes that this relationship will be successful in helping pave the way towards a just peace and a Palestinian State in the near future. The website of the European Commission Technical Assistance Office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip contains information about the role of this office and various areas of cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. You will find an overview of the EU’s activities and relevant information on EC’s assistance and programmes. It is designed to provide easy and accessible information on the EU in general, its external relation policies, its institutions and its activities.