Saturday, May 10, 2008

Israel is now close to being granted "special status" within the EU's neighbourhood policy,

EU congratulates Israel on its 60th anniversary and aims for ...
From Haaretz:"The European Union on Thursday also congratulated Israel on the 60th anniversary, with officials vowing to forge even closer ties with the Middle Eastern state.
The head of the bloc's executive, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, said Israel's significance for Europeans went "beyond normal forms of cooperation with a close neighbour."
"The EU and Israel are closer now than they were ever before," the commissioner said.
The commission chief noted that the EU and Israel were already cooperating on a range of issues such as climate change, counter-terrorism "and the fight against racism and anti-Semitism".
The EU is Israel's main trading partner and Israel is the only non-European country to participate in the EU's Research and Development programme, noted External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

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