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The European Union (EU) and Morocco signed, on Friday 8 July, “a renewed partnership” to fight human trafficking after the tragedy in Melilla that claimed the lives of at least 23 sub-Saharan migrants who tried to enter this Spanish enclave in northern Morocco.

The agreement was sealed during talks in Rabat between the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and the Moroccan counterpart AbdelouafiLaftit.

The joined statement includes that “while highlighting the successful results of their cooperation based on shared responsibility in the field of migration, they agreed to renew their partnership in order to face, together, human trafficking networks, especially after the emergence of new and extremely violent operating methods adopted by these criminal networks.”

The new partnership between the Commission and Morocco “could cover, in particular, support for border management, the strengthening of police cooperation, including joint investigations, (...) as well as the strengthening of cooperation with the European Union agencies responsible for home affairs,” it states.