Court of Justice of the EU Ruling on Products from Territories Occupied by Israel

Author
Michał Wojnarowicz, Szymon Zaręba
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
On 12 November 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) issued a judgment on products from Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. It states that EU members are required to ensure that the origin is properly marked. The implementation of this requirement may cause disputes in the EU because of differences in Member States’ policies towards Israel. Tensions in relations with the U.S. are also possible, especially in the context of that country’s recent change in policy favouring the Israeli position on settlements. Hence, it is advisable for the EU to develop a uniform policy regarding imports and labelling of products from all occupied territories.
Topic
International Law, Territorial Disputes, European Union, Occupation, Judiciary, Trade
Political Geography
Europe, Middle East, Israel, Palestine, North America, United States of America, West Bank, Golan Heights