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The EU remains committed to a just and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the two state solution, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign, and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security and mutual recognition, and with Jerusalem as shared capital of the two states – the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. This position is based on the Oslo Accords and the international consensus embodied in the relevant EN Security Council Resolutions. As repeatedly stated by the High Representative/Vice President of the European Commission Mogherini, this is the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties.
Since 1998, the EU has been actively supporting civil society initiatives in the Middle East as an essential mean of reinforcing dialogue and restoring mutual confidence. Initially such support was provided through the European Union’s People to People (P2P) Programme (1998 - 2001) and subsequently from 2002 to the present, through its successor, the EU Partnership for Peace Programme (PfP), currently renamed "EU Peacebuilding Initiative" (EUPI).
The past twelve months have seen an adverse evolution on the ground as well as in the international political sphere that may have repercussion on the prospect of peace. In the current circumstances, it is therefore of utmost importance to help preserve the viability, and acceptance by society, of a two-state solution on the ground, pending the emergence of a more favourable bilateral, regional and international context. For this, Palestinian and Israeli constituencies need to continue to build mutual trust and confidence in a negotiated settlement of the conflict.
The EU seeks to contribute to addressing the underlying causes and to re-build the conditions for a dialogue between Israeli and Palestinians also through this specific programme.
The global objective of the EUPI programme is to support and promote the conditions for a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through civil society and citizens' positive engagement.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 9,400,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Deadline for submission of concept notes: 18 February 2019 at 15:00h (Brussels date and time)
 Online submission via PROSPECT is mandatory for this call for proposals (see Section 2.2.2). In PROSPECT all dates and times are expressed in Brussels time. Applicants should note that the IT support is open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 18:30 Brussels time (except for public holidays). Applicants should take note of the weekly maintenance hours mentioned in the PROSPECT user manual.
 This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Member States on this issue.