In an important decision, the General Court of the EU recognized that the European Commission infringed the EU citizens’ rights when it refused to register the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). THREAD 1/9 elsc.support/cases/the-euro…
Their ECI is asking the EU to regulate its trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories and therefore reform its Commercial Common Policy bringing it in line with EU Law and International Law. See the judgment: curia.europa.eu/juris/document… 2/9
The ECJ had already delivered a judgment in 2019 on trade with illegal Israeli settlements finding that food must properly labelled in order to respect EU consumers’ rights and the Occupied people’s right to self-determination. 3/9 elsc.support/cases/tehe-cou…
With the ECI, the EU citizens are willing to take a further step, holding the EU accountable for its trade flow which should not exist in the first place. 4/9
Especially when Israel settler colonialism and apartheid are violently expressing themselves in Sheikh Jarrah & the rest of the OPT, EU citizens must be allowed to engage a democratic debate with the EU regarding its policy towards illegal settlements. cutt.ly/UbHabCK 5/9
The ECI is a means to do so. Now the EU Commission should register the ECI so that the petition can be open to signatures by citizens from all the EU. It is a matter of democracy and of aligning the EU external trade policy with its obligations under International Law. 6/9
Lawyer of the EU citizens said: "the EU Commission deprived my clients of their fundamental right to provoke a debate amongst EU institutions on trade with occupied territories. They are now expecting the Commission to uphold its responsibilities and register their initiative”7/9
Tom Moerenhout, member of the ELSC steering committee, said: “The European Commission has consistently evaded accountability. When member states wanted to stop trade with illegal settlements, the Commission said trade is its exclusive competence.” 8/9
He added: “When we asked the Commission to stop trade with illegal settlements, they said this was a matter of sanctions which are the competence of the European Council. That is evading accountability in bad faith.” See more in @ECCPBrussels PR here: eccpalestine.org/eu-court-sides… 9/9
Last but not least: It is important to add that the European Court's decision will have significant implications for trade with any #occupiedterritories, including #westernsahara and the #OPT

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Dans une décision importante, la Cour de Justice de l’UE a reconnu que la Commission européenne avait violé les droits de 7 citoyens européens en refusant d’enregistrer leur Initiative Citoyenne Européenne (ICE). THREAD 1/9 elsc.support/cases/the-euro…
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