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European neighbourhood policy. Country report Israel. Commission staff working paper. SEC (2004) 568 final, 12 May 2004

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Microsoft Word - st09921-ad05.en04 COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 12.5.2004 SEC(2004) 568 COMMISSION STAFF WORKING PAPER European Neighbourhood Policy Country Report Israel {COM(2004)373 final} 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................... 3 1.1. The European Neighbourhood Policy ............................................................... 3 1.2. Relations between the European Union and Israel - The existing contractual framework under the Association Agreement ................................ 3 2. POLITICAL ISSUES.................................................................................................. 5 2.1. Democracy and the rule of law.......................................................................... 5 2.2. Human rights and fundamental freedoms.......................................................... 7 2.3. Regional and global stability ........................................................................... 11 2.4. Justice and Home Affairs ................................................................................ 12 3. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SITUATION .............................................................. 13 3.1. Macroeconomic and social outlook................................................................. 13 3.1.1. Recent economic developments ........................................................ 13 3.1.2. Fiscal management, monetary and exchange policy ......................... 15 3.1.3. External situation............................................................................... 15 3.1.4. Social situation and human development policies............................. 16 3.2. Structural reforms............................................................................................ 17 3.2.1. State involvement in the economy and pr

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