#AceFinanceNews – Featured Report:BRUSSELS:April.18: Sixteen EU states have said products made by Israeli settlers should be marked in shops so that European consumers can decide whether to boycott them.
The group – which includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK – made the appeal in a letter to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (13 April).
They said “EU-wide guideline on the labeling of settlement produce/products … is an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution”.
They noted that “expansion of Israeli illegal settlements … threatens the prospect of just and final peace agreement”.
They add EU consumers have a right to “not being misled by false information” and “confidence in knowing the origin of goods they are purchasing”.
They also have said the retail code should in the form of binding “legislation” and that it “benefit” Palestinian exporters.
The initiative was co-ordinated by Belgium, whose foreign minister also signed the paper. The other signatories are Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and Slovenia.