The European Union is working on legal guidelines for any member states that
might choose to clearly label products produced in West Bank settlements,
according to diplomatic sources.
“We are pursuing efforts to ensure
correct labeling of settlement goods as tasked by the council,” an EU
spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
The work now underway in
Brussels to create guidelines for the sale of West Bank settlement products
follows a December 2012 conclusion by an EU meeting of foreign ministers that
all agreements with Israel “must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their
inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, namely the Golan
Heights; the West Bank, including east Jerusalem; and the Gaza
Postal codes placed on these products already alert European
custom officials that the products are produced over the pre-1967 line and are
thus not part of the EU’s free trade understanding with Israel.