Brussels – The EU on Wednesday said that it did not support in any form of boycott or sanctions against Israel.
A top economic official stated this after the bloc’s executive agreed on guidelines that required the labeling of some products stemming from Israeli settlements.
“Indication of origin of goods is an essential part of the EU’s consumer policy, this is a technical issue, not a political stance,’’ European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, told newsmen in Brussels.
“The commission is providing guidance to the EU member states and economic operators to ensure the uniform application of the rules concerning indication of origin of Israeli settlement products.’’
He, however, said that “this is not a new legislation or new policy’’.
Products produced within the internationally recognised borders of Israel would continue to enjoy preferential EU tariffs as had been the case before, Dombrovskis added. (dpa/NAN)