1. Wide of EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen during news conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lars Faaborg-Andersen, EU Ambassador to Israel:
"Now the upshot of the notice as it pertains to goods coming from beyond the Green Line (Israel's frontier before the capture of the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war) in other words from the area... the Golan and the West Bank, which have been under Israeli administration since 1967, the relevance of the notice to that, which as I said before, is again a reflection of existing legislation and requirements is that products coming from beyond the Green line cannot be marketed in Europe as made in Israel. Because the EU does not recognise those areas beyond the Green line as part of Israel's internationally recognised borders. This is something that also happens to be the view of 99 percent of the international community. So the issue here is that those products are still very welcome on the European market, they just have to have the correct indication of origin on them. And the interpretative notice that was adopted by the (European) Commission proposes a number of different indications of origins that can be used, but it's basically up to the member states to decide which one would be the most appropriate. But drawing on some of the examples from countries, UK, Belgium, Denmark, that have already enacted this kind of procedure on a national basis, the notice suggests that one can, for example, use the phrase 'Produced in the West Bank - parentheses Israeli settlement' or it could be 'Produced in the West Bank - parentheses Palestinian product' for example. So it's important to understand that this is legislation that pertains both to products coming from Israeli settlements but also for products coming from the Palestinian areas of the West Bank, for example."
3. Wide of news conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lars Faaborg-Andersen, EU Ambassador to Israel:
"The European Union is against sanctions, against boycotting, against isolation of Israel. And therefore the measures that we have taken and which are again all based on existing legislation have absolutely nothing to do with that. If we wanted to boycott, let's just hypothetically assume that we wanted to boycott those products, we would have done the same as we have done in the case of Crimea, which after the Russian occupation of that area we have put a ban on products coming from Crimea."
The European Union on Wednesday approved guidelines for its member states to specially label products made in West Bank settlements, a move that has already been criticised by Israel as "disguised anti-Semitism."
The EU move, which came after months of procrastinating, underscores the bloc's unhappiness over Israel's continued expansion of settlements on territory that Palestinians seek for their future state.
The EU is now seeking to differentiate between its relations with Israel and with the settlements, fearing that a continued status quo would never push the Israeli government into changing its settlement policies.
The EU's Ambassador to Israel told reporters in Jerusalem on Wednesday that the move did not in any way support a boycott or sanctions against Israel.
Lars Faaborg-Andersen stressed that EU member states mainly wanted clarification on where the goods originated from, and whether they were produced in Jewish settlements or by Palestinians in areas beyond the internationally recognised borders of Israel.