EU-Israel: Tajani's mission for growth, economic cooperation

Meetings with Peres, key ministers, to promote business contacts

21 October, 19:21

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 21 - European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani's so-called mission for growth kicked off Monday in Israel, where he leads a delegation of 65 European companies in a number of high-level meetings.

    The mission lasts through Wednesday, EU sources said.

    Tajani will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss EU-Israeli relations, reinforcing economic and industrial cooperation, and the EU's strategy of re-industrializing the continent to leave the crisis behind.

    In his meeting with Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Tajani is expected to sign a letter of intent to reinforce industrial sector cooperation.

    He will also meet with Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry to sign an accord for cooperation in the satellite navigation systems sector, and with Tourism Minister Uzi Landau to sign an accord promoting a 2011 EU-Israel joint declaration on tourism.

    Tajani will also meet with Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom, with whom he is scheduled to attend a Conference on Water Technology and Environmental Protection. European technology has growth potential in this sector in Israel, which has little water and ever-growing needs. The mission for growth to Tel Aviv follows on one to Russia in June and one to China in July, and has a triple objective: to increase cooperation in the industrial, tourism, and space and innovation sectors; to help European companies operate in Israel; and to promote entrepreneurial contacts and develop business opportunities in the green tech, communications, space, and industrial machinery sectors. The EU is the number one exporter to Israel with trade volume of 17 billion euros, and is the second importer from Israel after the US, with volume of 12.6 billion euros.


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