19 sep Eu Trade Agreements With Israel
This Trade and Partnership Agreement contains provisions on: the agreement with Israel provides for free trade agreements for industrial goods and concession agreements for trade in agricultural products (a new agreement entered into force here in 2004) and opens up the prospect of further liberalisation of trade in agricultural services and goods from 2005. The Association Agreement was signed in Brussels on 20 November 1995 and entered into force on 1 June 2000, after being ratified by the parliaments of the fifteen Member States, the European Parliament and the Knesset. It replaces the old cooperation agreement of 1975. The agreements on conformity assessment and recognition of industrial products (ACAA) , which focus on pharmaceutical products, were adopted by the European Parliament on 23 October 2012, after more than two years of debate. Ratification of the ACAA will make it easier to export Israeli medicines and other products to the 27 EU Member States and vice versa. After a controversial debate, 379 MEPs voted in favour and 230 against ratification.  The CBAAs comply with the Brita decision on non-preferential access to goods produced in Israeli settlements.  A secret working paper of European embassies in Israel, parts of which from the Haaretz newspaper are available, recommended that the European Union consider the treatment of Israel as «a central topic and not as secondary to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.»  Other issues deemed essential for relations with Israel are the lack of progress in the peace process, the continued occupation of the Palestinian territories, the definition of Israel as Jewish and democratic, and the influence of the Arab-Israeli population.