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 European Commission confirms: Millions of EU-Research Money flows to Israeli Arms Industry

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European Commission confirms: Millions of EU-Research Money flows to Israeli Arms Industry

The European Union provides generous research and development funds to Israeli companies and institutions in the military sector.

The European Union provides generous research and development funds to Israeli companies and institutions in the military sector. We know this through the answer of the European Commission to a question (1) (2) from MEP Bart Staes (Groen) (3). "With the expanding military conflict in Syria and the possible involvement of Israel, it becomes clear again that investing European tax money in military goals is scandalous. Not worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.”


(Press Release - Brussels - 3rd of June 2013) According to the European Commission 943 million euros worth of research money was assigned to Israeli 'legal entities' for their participation in European research projects between 2000 and 2013. The majority of the European subsidies (around 600 million euros) came from the European science programs, more specifically from the current FP7 Program for Research and Technology, which ends this summer.

Since the launch of the specific component 'security research' within FP7, the EU-money flows straight to Israeli defense and national security sectors – 26 million euros in 49 projects. There are 23 Israëli companies that are involved in one or several European security research projects. Five of them are arms companies: Israeli Airocraft Industries (IAI), Elbit Systems, Elbit Security Systems, Aeronautics Defence Systems and Opgal Optronics Industries. There are dozens of EU-sponsored drone projects. Previous research revealed that IAI, the biggest Israeli arms company and one of the world market leaders in the production of drones, managed to obtain at least 69 research funds since Israel joined the European research area. Verint Systems, one of the biggest security companies in the world is managing a project to export 'the total security of airports' to Europe. The consortium Verint Systems comprises ‘Elbit Systems’, another gigantic defense company that helped build the Israëli apartheid wall and that maintains it today.

On the 15th of May Vrede vzw, intal and Vredesactie campaigned in front of the European Directory General Research and Innovation to demand a halt to the European scientific cooperation with these companies.

Staes supports the demand of Vrede vzw, intal en Vredesactie to include restrictive 'ethical critera' in the coming EU framework program for Research and Technology, Horizon 2020, that will enter into force in 2014. These criteria should prevent that European research money goes to entities that contribute to the violation of international law, through their nature, the place they were established or their practices.

Staes: "If the EU is serious about the Nobel Peace Prize it should invest every available euro in projects that promote peace and not one euro into military projects anywhere in the world and certainly not in the powder keg that is the Middle East."

Horizon 2020 will be launched early next year. The current funding of Israeli arms companies shows the need of clear ethical criteria. Ludo De Brabander, spokesperson of Vrede vzw: “European research budgets shouldn't be allocated to companies that are invloved in preserving the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories and the systematic violation of human rights.”

More information:
(1) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-20...
(2) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2013-00...
(3) Summary table attached (see below annex)


Notes:

Action of Belgian Peace Organizations at DG Research and Innovation 

 

Annex

Commitments to Israeli legal entities participating in FP projects in the years 2000-2013.



FP5

Projects Signed in (year)

EC Financial Contribution* for Participants from Israel

IL

2000

47 762 594

IL

2001

43 623 260

IL

2002

49 611 406

IL

2003

2 656 214

FP6

Projects Signed in (year)

EC Financial Contribution* for Participants from Israel

IL

2003

22 886 897

IL

2004

38 329 854

IL

2005

44 378 167

IL

2006

64 926 916

IL

2007

9 116 232

FP7

Projects Signed in (year)

EC Financial Contribution* for Participants from Israel

IL

2007

23 276 437

IL

2008

100 458 372

IL

2009

86 286 108

IL

2010

120 062 587

IL

2011

141 170 453

IL

2012

124 218 195

IL

2013 (as of 26/02/2013)

24 585 358

* Please note that all statistical figures related to EU contributions always refer to commitments and not to payments.

Israeli enterprises participating in the Security theme of FP7

 

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.

VERINT SYSTEMS Ltd

NESS A.T. LTD

International Security and Counter-terrorism Academy

ATHENA GS3-SECURITY IMPLEMENTATIONS LTD

ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD

Elbit Security Systems LTD

NICE SYSTEMS LTD

TAMAR ISRAELI ADVANCED QUARRYING CO LTD

ERNST & YOUNG (ISRAEL) LTD

AERONAUTICS DEFENSE SYSTEMS LTD

MTRS3 Solutions and Services LTD

Azimuth Technologies Limited

ARTTIC ISRAEL INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES 2009 LTD

Checklight

WHITE CYBER KNIGHT LTD

OPGAL OPTRONICS INDUTRIES LTD

CORRELATION SYSTEMS LTD

TRACETECH SECURITY LTD

ROTEM TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD

G. Team Security Ltd

C.A.L. Cargo Airlines Limited

HALEVI DWECK & CO. ARTTIC ISRAEL COMPANY LTD

 



 

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