Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

European Union; Israel: Agreement to Upgrade Relations

(July 2, 2008) An upgrade in Israel-European Union relations was announced in Luxembourg on June 16, 2008, during the eighth annual EU-Israel Association Council meeting, headed by Tzipi Livni, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council and Slovenian Foreign Minister. The relationship will be upgraded in the area of diplomatic cooperation by “institutionalization of the diplomatic dialogue between the Israeli and EU leadership, by means of regular annual meetings at a senior level. In addition, there will be increased meetings between government ministers, senior officials and parliamentarians from both sides.” (Herb Keinon, Israel Wins Significant EU Upgrade, THE JERUSALEM POST ONLINE, June 16 & 17, 2008, available at
; Press Release, Slovenian Presidency of the EU 2008, Minister Rupel Heads the EU-Israel Association Council (June 16, 2008), available at

According to the announcement, there will also be an upgrade in relations through Israeli participation in European plans and agencies. Such participation is expected to bring Israel's economy and society closer to EU norms and standards and increase Israeli companies' competitiveness in the European market, primarily in the field of high technology. In addition, a joint working group will be established for the examination of areas in which Israel has the capacity of integration into the European single market. (Herb Keinon, id. & Press Release, id.)