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Participation Veolia in public transport tender The Hague

Update November 2013
Veolia has sold the bus lines to the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to an Israeli carrier; furthermore, Veolia is also in the process of selling the Jerusalem light rail. However, it is still involved in transferring waste to Tovlan landfill in the West Bank. For more information about Veolia Transportation please visit the website of the Israeli organization Who Profits.

Participation Veolia in public transport tender The Hague

A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid) and United Civilians for Peace (UCP) have compiled an extensive fact file on the activities of French multinational Veolia in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, as Veolia is one of the two candidates participating in a tender for the public transport in the Dutch city of The Hague and surroundings (the Haaglanden region). See the Fact file and attachments (map East Jerusalem, schematic map of planned routes of the light rail, map Tovlan landfill).

Veolia is part of a consortium that builds and exploits the Jerusalem Light Rail. Part of this Light Rail is built in occupied East Jerusalem and connects West Jerusalem with several Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem / West Bank; settlements which are illegal under international law. In addition to that, Veolia runs bus lines to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, owns and operates a dumping site in the occupied West Bank where waste of settlements and Israeli cities is being dumped, collects garbage of Israeli army bases in the Jordan Valley (West Bank) and treats wastewater for a Jewish settlement.

All these activities of Veolia are controversial because they facilitate Israel’s continuing violation of international law including the Geneva Conventions, according to a legal opinion we asked for on the legal aspects of possible participation of Veolia in the aforementioned tender. The legal opinion concludes among others that because of the above mentioned activities vis-à-vis European (and Dutch) Law on public procurement, Veolia is guilty of grave professional misconduct (Art. 45, 2(d)) and should therefore be excluded from the public tender in The Hague. You can download the legal opinion here (in Dutch only).

According to A Different Jewish Voice and United Civilians for Peace, Veolia should be excluded from the public transport tender in The Hague, and under no circumstances should it be awarded the contract to operate the public transport in the Haaglanden region including the city of The Hague.

In our opinion, the city of The Hague should arrive at the same conclusion if it really wants to uphold its international reputation as city of Peace and Justice.

We wish to clarify that this opinion does not entail a boycott of Israel. It does mean that we oppose Veolia participating in the public tender in The Hague because we believe the multinational is involved in activities deemed illegal by international law. For that reason we oppose Veolia providing services on Dutch soil, in which Dutch tax money is involved. We are confident that (the risk of) being barred from this public tender will cause Veolia and other multinationals to reflect and refrain from activities that facilitate violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Update
A Different Jewish Voice and United Civilians for Peace congratulate the Dutch local and regional authorities after in a recent decision (23rd May) they decided to give the contract to a different company (HTMBuzz). Click here for more information.


Jews for Justice for Palestinians: Veolia - a case to answer

The Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) is concerned about the participation of Veolia in the tender for the public transport in the Dutch city of The Hague and surroundings (the Haaglanden region). In a letter to the mayor of the city of The Hague, among others, CWP explains its concerns. Download the letter here.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest Palestinian civil society coalition, calls upon the Stadsgewest Haaglanden municipality to exclude Veolia Transport Nederland Openbaar Vervoer from participating in its on-going public transport tender in The Hague due to the deep complicity of its parent company Veolia Environnement with grave Israeli violations of international law. Download here the letter of BNC.

'Pressure increases to deny Dutch bus contract to Israeli settlement profiteer Veolia', Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada.