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Postponement of Israel Protocol strongly criticised - European Parliament should proceed to ratification in January. Elmar Brok MEP


BROK, ElmarElmar Brok MEP, foreign policy coordinator of the European People's Party (EPP), has strongly criticised the postponement of the ratification of a protocol on Israeli participation in European Union programmes.

"This gives the wrong signal and does not contribute to the stabilisation of the region", he commented after the EP-plenary decision.

Brok also criticised the reason that was given for the postponement of the decision, namely the situation in the Gaza Strip, as this means supporting the illegal Hamas regime which is decisively responsible for the situation in Gaza and the shelling of Israel.

The German MEP therefore advised the European Parliament to launch a new ratification process in January 2009.

(Translation from the original German)

For further information:
Elmar Brok MEP, Tel: +32-2-2847323
Knut Goelz, EPP-ED Press Service, Tel: +32-479-972144

Notes to Editors:
The EPP-ED Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 288 Members from all 27 Member States.