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Partnership process between Morocco and the EU revived

June 28th 2019

Following a four-year hibernation brought about by the agriculture and fisheries files, Morocco and the European Union (EU) returned to Brussels on 27 June with their traditional Association Council, which was usually held every year. "We are trying to turn the page and relaunch our partnership on even stronger foundations than before," said Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini at a press conference following the Council meeting.

For the first time in the history of relations between the EU and the southern neighbors, both sides adopted a joint political declaration of the 28 EU Member States and the Moroccan side. This declaration is intended to give "the strategic relations and privileged Morocco / EU a new impetus that is consistent with their mutual expectations and the challenges of today’s world" and calls for a real "Euro-Moroccan partnership of prosperity shared ". In concrete terms, the work is organized in four parts: economic convergence and social cohesion, shared knowledge, political cooperation and security cooperation, and convergence of values. The Convergence of Values ​​strand aims to bring together the principles of democracy, rule of law, justice, good governance, human rights, transparency of institutions, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, including freedom of the protection and exchange of personal data and the right to privacy. Regarding the economic aspect, the two partners intend to relaunch the Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) negotiations, which have been in the fridge since March 2013. The two fundamental axes which will also be the subject of specific operational actions are cooperation on environmental protection and the fight against climate change, as well as on mobility and migration. The joint Morocco / EU political declaration adopted on June 27 in Brussels should make it possible to define strategic axes for Morocco / EU cooperation, which will be rolled out as early as 2020.