In the Media: European Union

Below is a compilation of articles highlighting NGO Monitor’s contributions to the broader conversation about NGOs, funding, and accountability in the European Union.  These include blogs and op-eds written by NGO Monitor and staff, as well as articles citing NGO Monitor, or otherwise relevant to our mission.

The EU’s Self-congratulating “External” NGO Evaluation

NGO Monitor, August 3, 2017

The EIDHR allocates EU funds to civil society organizations that “promote democracy and human rights in third countries.” A recent EIDHR evaluation that seeks to identify areas for improvement fails to fulfill its mandate of independently assessing the instrument’s effectiveness by primarily consulting with a narrow segment of stakeholders, most of which have an obvious vested interest.

EU Ambassador’s Response on EU Funding to NGOs – Inaccurate and Inadequate

NGO Monitor, June 12, 2017

In response to questions raised concerning EU funding to NGOs, the EU Ambassador failed to discuss funding provided to European and Palestinian NGOs that support BDS, incite violence, justify terrorism, and/or promote antisemitism.

Open Letter: EU Funding to Organizations that Incite to Violence and Justify Terror

NGO Monitor, June 11, 2017

An open letter to the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on EU funding to organizations that incite violence and justify terror.

NGO that Promotes Violence Funded to Raise Awareness of “EU Core Values”

NGO Monitor, May 28, 2017

One of the beneficiaries of an EU grant aimed at promoting EU “core values,” Popular Art Center, has promoted violence against Israeli civilians, clearly violating the purpose and intent of the grant.

European Parliament: Ensure that Funds Are Not Diverted to Incitement

NGO Monitor, May 23, 2017

A European Parliament resolution reflects the EU’s readiness to address funding to civil society and to challenge the notion that all support for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has a positive impact.

Are NGOs immune to conflicts of interest?

Tamar Kogman, Euractiv, May 12, 2017

Tamar Kogman argues that the EU should keep its interaction with interest groups in check to avoid conflicts of interest, and calls for greater oversight of these organizations.

Parliament report opens ‘Pandora’s Box’ of EU-funded NGOs

Sarantis Michalopoulos, April 4, 2017

The campaign for greater transparency and accountability of NGOs is not new. It even has its own advocacy group, called NGO Monitor, which denounces the relationship between Europe and NGOs as “problematic”…NGO Monitor particularly questions the “disproportionate focus” of EU aid on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the “political warfare” some wage against Israel.

[Opinion] BDS: The European-Funded ‘Grassroots’ Campaigns

Tamar Kogman, The Jerusalem Post, February 05, 2017

Tamar Kogman questions why the EU seems to be compromising its values by supporting NGOs that are spearheading efforts to boycott Israel.

POLITICO Brussels Influence: Let’s not drink to that — Brexit options — Inside Tajani’s team

Harry Cooper and Quentin Ariès, Politico Brussels Influence, February 3, 2017

“Liaising on NGO funding: The Israeli watchdog NGO Monitor joined the register in order to lobby MEPs in the budgetary control committee, who are working on a study on EU funding for NGOs. NGOs in the Middle East funded by the EU and European governments are one of their key concerns.”

The EU continues to fund the BDS Campaigns (Hebrew)

Nir Mualam, Arutz 20, January 31, 2017

“NGO Monitor: EU continues to pump millions boycott against Israeli organizations, despite declarations that it opposes the anti-Israel campaign.”

How the European Union Funds BDS

Mosaic, January 25, 2017

“However, NGO Monitor reviewed a number of EU regional funding programs designated for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and found that 29 out of 100 EU grants administered through the frameworks [we] reviewed funnel funds to BDS organizations (€16.7 million out of €67.1 million—roughly 25 percent). And 42 out of 180 EU grantees in total support BDS—either through participation in activities and events, signing of petitions and initiatives, and/or membership in explicit BDS platforms. Several organizations were the recipients of more than one grant…”

EU Funding to NGOs Active in Anti-Israel BDS Campaigns

NGO Monitor, January 23, 2017

In-depth analysis of EU funding reveals that 25% of all beneficiaries support BDS, a tactic that the EU claims to expressly opposes.

NGO Monitor Reports: European Union Funding Dozens of BDS Groups

Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, January 23, 2017

“NGO Monitor reports that dozens of anti-Israel BDS projects are being financed by the European Union each year.”

New study: EU would be one of the main donors of BDS (French)

Tel Avivre, January 23, 2017

“NGO Monitor reviewed a number of recent EU regional funding programs for Judea and Samaria and Gaza, and found that € 16.7 million out of € 67.1 million (approximately 25% of grants of the EU) land in the BDS box. According to Olga Deutsch, Managing Director of NGO Monitor Europe “When faced with the evidence that it finances NGOs contrary to their policy, the EU responds that it finances projects submitted by NGOs, in line with the principles and Fundamental values of the EU, but not NGOs directly.””

Unprecedented Increase in EU Funding to Leading Anti-Israel French NGO with Ties to the PFLP Terrorist Organization

NGO Monitor, December 27, 2016

The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) is a French NGO that pursues a “lawfare” strategy against Israel, accuses Israel of “war crimes” and “apartheid measures,” and considers anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) activists “human rights defenders.” Some FIDH officials have alleged ties to the PFLP terror group.

European money behind “campaign in schools” of Breaking the Silence

Gilad Tzvicky, Mida, December 27, 2016

EU-funded NGO Project Promotes Historical Revisionism and False Allegations against Israel

NGO Monitor, December 22, 2016

The EU’s funding, through the Partnership for Peace program, of a project implemented by Palestinian and Israeli NGOs is a perfect example of an EU-funded project blatantly contradicting EU policies.

European Funded NGOs linked to PFLP Terror Network, IBA News (Hebrew)

NGO Monitor, November 22, 2016

Report from IBA News based on NGO Monitor research, European Funded NGOs linked to PFLP Terror Network

Europe Funding Terrorists’ Defense

Ariel Ben Solomon, Mishpacha, August 24, 2016

The Role of EU Funding in UK “Lawfare” against MK Tzipi Livni

NGO Monitor, July 24, 2016

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, an EU-funded NGO, is the driving force behind the ongoing lawfare campaign against Tzipi Livni and other senior Israeli officials.

EU Funding for NGOs- Value for Money? Part II- an Echo Chamber

NGO Monitor, July 13, 2016

The second in this series, this report deals with the EU’s engagement with civil society, highlighting phenomena such as centralization among grantees, EU-funded networks, and involvement of NGOs in policy-making.

1999 Secret EU Meeting Protocols Highlight Political Manipulation via NGO Funding

NGO Monitor, June 05, 2016

Since 2000, the EU has refused to release protocols established regarding funding of NGOs in the Middle East.

[Analysis] Europe’s Vicious Cycle

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg, The Jerusalem Report, May 29, 2016

Gerald Steinberg describes the unique and unhealthy dependence between the EU and NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which European funds are used to perpetuate the one-sided and biased views of anti-Israel groups.

Correspondence with European Commission Regarding B’Tselem Grant

NGO Monitor, April 17, 2016

EU Funders of NGOs Are Enabling Their Moral Failures

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg, BlogActive, March 22, 2016

Foreign-Funding to Palestinian NGOs that Incite Terrorism- MEMRI Report

NGO Monitor, March 21, 2016

HaMoked and B´Tselem´s Torture Allegations: EU-Funded Demonization

NGO Monitor, February 28, 2016

B´Tselem and HaMoked´s report alleging “Abuse and Torture” at an Israeli prison is based solely on “testimonies” from terrorists and suspected terrorists, coincides with the forthcoming UN Committee Against Torture review of Israel.

[Opinion] European politicians try (and fail) to manipulate Israeli legislation

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg, The Jerusalem Post, February 16, 2016

Gerald Steinberg argues that instead of sending inaccurate and biased letters in response to the proposed NGO law, European government officials should work to make the law unnecessary by increasing transparency and ceasing to fund politicized NGOs.

Pro-BDS Backgrounds of MEPs in Letter to Knesset on NGO Foreign Funding Legislation

NGO Monitor, February 14, 2016

A significant number of MEPs who signed a letter to Knesset opposing NGO Legislation have previously supported BDS Campaigns and participated in the demonization of Israel.

EU Funding for NGOs- Value for Money?

NGO Monitor, February 11, 2016

New EU funding for Israeli NGOs in the New Israel Fund Network- €1.9 million

NGO Monitor, February 1, 2016

Since November 2015, the EU has issued seven new grants, amounting to €1.9 million, to highly politicized Israeli NGOs that continue to demonize Israel in their rhetoric and activities.

Research Note: EU Science Commissioner Moedas opposes BDS, but EU Funding for NGOs Continues

NGO Monitor, January 20, 2016

Europeans may be on vacation, but their money is working for them in Israel

Olga Deutsch, Times of Israel, January 4, 2016