Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – what is it?

Have you heard about TTIP yet? TTIP, or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. This vast deal, while having potential benefits, could have serious and long term consequences for the well-being of … More…

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich der Förderungswürdigkeit israelischer juristischer Personen und Firmen, hinsichtlich ihrer Aktivitäten, … More…

Open Letter to Viviane Reading on Pre-trial Detention

Following the European Commission’s Green Paper on Detention, the Detention Consultation NGO Working Group (a group of fourteen NGOs) calling on Commissioner Reading to come forward with a legislative proposal  setting common minimum standards for the use of pre-trial detention. Read the open letter here (PDF – 358 KB) … More…

QCEA welcomes the postponement of the Dutch – Israeli Cooperation Council

QCEA welcomes the announcement on 29th May that the Netherlands has frozen the  Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which was due to be inaugrated on 7th June 2012. We are concerned, however, that the Netherlands still intends to establish this Council as stated by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. QCEA has sent a … More…

Netherlands Yearly Meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

QCEA’s Joint Represents to the EU Martina Weitsch and Liz Scurfield attended Netherlands Yearly Meeting over the weekend of 17th-20th May, the theme of which was “Just Peace.” The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role that Quakers can play in working for peace was discussed in detail. Here are some of … More…

Strong Reservations on the Dutch – Israeli Cooperation Council: An Open Letter to the Dutch Government

QCEA is deeply concerned by the intention of the current Dutch Government to intensify bilateral relations with Israel through the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which is due to be signed on 7th June 2012. These increased links conflict with the EU position on the Middle East Peace Process, as clearly stated … More…

Recommendations to the Foreign Affairs Council on Palestine Israel released

In February 2012, on the basis of cooperation between QCEA, the EAPPI Programme of the World Council of Churches and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories (UN OHCHR OPT), we released a press release with clear recommendations to the European Union … More…

Public Research should benefit Society, not Big Business: An Open Letter on the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding

An open letter to J.M.D. Barroso (President of the European Commission), Commissioners and services of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and Representatives of Member States relating to Horizon 2020 and the need for funding to focus on the needs of society and the environment rather than those of big business. Read the … More…