Question for written answer to the European Commission on the removal of text referring to activities inciting hatred and/or violence from the 2017 Annual Action Programme

In 2017, recognising the problematic phenomenon of some EU-funded Palestinian civil society organisations (CSOs) engaging in incitement to hatred, anti-Semitism, and even violence, the Commission incorporated a section of text in the 2017 Annual Action Programme in favour of Palestine specifically addressing the issue. In Annex II, Part 1 to Commission Implementing Decision C(2017)8656, the Commission states that ‘particular attention will however be paid to prevent that EU-supported Palestinian civil society organisations are also engaged in online and offline activities inciting to hatred and/or violence against the State of Israel, its citizens and/or Jews. Eligibility conditions of the calls for proposals to be launched under this action will include strict compliance with the EU Framework Directive on racism and xenophobia’.

However, in a subsequent version of the document [C(2017)8656/-] that was circulated, the text referring to activities inciting hatred and/or violence had been removed.

  • Why was the text removed?
  • Where did the decision to remove the text in question originate from?
  • Given the EU’s commitment to combating racism, particularly following the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, will the Commission incorporate this type of language in future documents related to EU funding for CSOs in Palestine?

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Answer given by Mr Várhelyi on behalf of the European Commission here