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The unprecedented high rate of demolitions of Palestinian structures by the Israeli authorities in Area C and East Jerusalem continued during the reporting period (September 2016 - February 2017).

During the past six months, 117 structures (like homes, animal shelters, latrines, water networks, and agricultural and livelihood assets) funded by the EU or EU Member States for a value of 311,692 € were demolished or seized. This represents an increase of 28.5 per cent in financial loss compared to last reporting period. For ECHO, the financial losses incurred due to demolitions accounts for an average of 1 per cent of its budget for humanitarian aid for the West Bank over the last three years (2014-2016). This brings the total number of targeted structures in 2016 funded by EU or its member states to 182 increasing the total financial losses in 2016 to 557,378 € which represents an exceptional upsurge.

During the reporting period Israeli Authorities demolished or seized 440 Palestinian owned structures throughout the West Bank including East Jerusalem. This brings the total number of demolished or seized structures in 2016 to 1,094. Resulting in the displacement of 1,628 people including 772 children and adversely impacting a further 7,126 Palestinians.

Of particular concern are developments related to Israeli plans for the relocation of Bedouins and herders in Area C, in particular Khan al-Ahmar (a Bedouin community located immediately east of E1 close to the Jerusalem-Ma'ale Adumin highway), Satah al Bahr (a Bedouin community located in Jericho), the case of Susiya (a herder community located in the Southern Hebron Hills), and the overall coercive environment in Area C that communities are facing. As an example, Khirbet Tana (a community located in the Nablus Governorate) has faced many waves of demolitions (the most recent in January 2017).

In the first two months of 2017 50 EU funded structures have been demolished, causing a financial loss of 110,000 €. Another 50 EU funded structures worth 500,000 € were placed under threat of demolition through the issuance of stop-work and demolition orders.


The Horizon 2020 European funded DEMOCRITOS project concluded its work today with some key outcomes reported in a workshop at the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation in Moscow.

A high-level international food safety seminar was held in Beijing on Thursday, 6 April, on the theme of “certification of imported food products”. The seminar examined how certification can be used as a tool to control risks and prevent food fraud, as well as the role of certification in the international trade of food. Participants at the seminar were able to explore how certification is used to benefit consumers in both the People’s Republic of China and in the European Union Member States.



        中国国家质量监督检验检疫总局进出口食品安全局副局长毕克新先生、国际食品法典委员会(负责制定国际食品标准的政府间机构)主席Awilo Ochieng Pernet女士,以及欧盟委员会健康与食品安全理事会食品链(利害关系人与国际关系)部门主任Michael Scannell在研讨会上发言。


        会谈结束之后,欧盟驻中国和蒙古代表团卫生与食品安全事务公使衔参赞华杰鸿(Jérôme Lepeintre)表示:“中国在食品安全问题上取得了惊人的进展。此次研讨会是一个绝好的机会,可以让双方共同讨论食品认证在保护中国消费者和防范食品造假行为中发挥的作用。”



Speaker: Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Спікер: Вєра Юрова, Європейський Комісар з юстиції, прав споживачів і ґендерної рівності


EU News 70/2017


EU News 70/2017
Council of the European Union


National stakeholders of the Open Government Georgia met with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit Deputy Director Mr. Joe Powel and Director for Civil Society Engagement Mr. Paul Maassen.