Europe has enormous strategic, political and economic importance in the world and certainly for Israel. Its historic and geopolitical connection to the Middle East as well as its proximity to the region make Europe an important player in the region.
The European Union consists of 27 member states who jointly form a leading global economic and diplomatic power, with presence in important institutions and political frameworks such the UN, NATO, P5+1, G7 and G20. The EU is the second largest economic block and Israel’s largest trading partner, as well as a major contributor to Israeli science and innovation.
The EU and Israel cooperate in many policy areas, such as trade, culture, science, energy, and security. Middle East stability is critical to the EU and Israel, and both parties share an interest in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel is an important trading partner for the EU in the Mediterranean region and has proven to be one of the world’s most resilient economies. Israel is a global innovation leader in science and technology, high-tech, cyber security, agriculture, water and energy. Israel is a key participant and beneficiary of EU scientific programs such as Horizon 2020.
ELNET in Brussels
ELNET-EU & NATO was established in Brussels in 2016. Led by an international board and headed by Matthijs Schüssler, Executive Director, the Brussels office conducts annual strategic dialogues between EU and Israel, as well as seminars, conferences and roundtables involving high-level NATO, EU and Israeli officials and experts on critical issues such as counter-terrorism, cyber security cooperation, and Middle East stability. The ELNET Brussels Office is also a strategic partner of the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum.
ELNET Expresses Concern Over the EU’s Rejection of the Decision by Serbia and Kosovo to Place Their Embassies in Jerusalem
In his statement on September 7th, the EU’s spokesperson not only objected to the move but implied that breaking with the EU’s common position on Jerusalem could undermine the prospects of Serbia and Kosovo becoming EU members.
More than a hundred leading EU, European and Israeli parliamentarians jointly urge EU High Representative Borrell to act to resume EU-Israel Association Council meetings which have not been held since 2012.
European Parliament: No EU Funding Should Link to Terrorism and Radicalization; Textbooks Inciting to Violence
Today the plenary of the European Parliament gives its (annual) discharge for the general budget of the European Commission for the financial year 2018 and
ELNET strongly backs the EU repeated statements rebuffing Turkey’s moves to carry out gas explorations in the East Mediterranean.
European Leadership Network (ELNET) responds to the European decision on Iranian nuclear violations.
European Leadership Network (ELNET) press release regarding the European Court of Justice decision on labeling Israeli products