In early December the European Parliament postponed a vote on the proposal by the EU
Commission and Council for a draft recommendation to conclude a Protocol to the EU
-Israel Association Agreement, including general principles governing the State of Israel’s participation in Community programs. This vote would have been an important step in the process of upgrading EU
-Israel relations, requested by Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, during her hearing in the EP
Committee on Foreign Affairs. Adri Nieuwhof and Daniel Machover comment.