Brussels to Host a New Session of the EUMorocco Association Council

Rabat – The 14th session of the European Union-Morocco Association Council will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Brussels, as stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The meeting will be co-chaired by Moroccan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Nasser Bourita, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. Bourita will lead the Moroccan delegation.According to the Ministry, the session will be an opportunity to confirm the renewed impetus of the multidimensional partnership between Morocco and the EU, and give it a fresh boost In 2018, the EU decided to support Morocco by announcing the inauguration of a three-part project worth a total of €190 million, to improve the nation’s governance, expand its regional development, and empower its youth.Although Morocco adopted a new Constitution in 2011, its reforms have not fully materialized and the North African country struggles to coordinate its national policies with its commitments to the international community. Read also: EU Leaders Fail to Strike a Deal on Climate Change at Council Summit“The European Union is ready to support Morocco and its national priorities in this context,” said Mogherini in January 2019.“ “I am convinced that the coming months will be an exceptional opportunity for us to open an even more productive and intense chapter of cooperation between the European Union and Morocco.”Earlier this month, experts from the UK and EU met in Skhirat, Morocco to prepare for the upcoming meetings and discuss the relations between the two parties. An informal session in this regard was also attended by Bourita and his Spanish counterpart, Josep Borrell.In the upcoming meeting, the Association Council will discuss the reinvigoration of relations between the EU and Morocco by addressing the EU-Moroccan partnership’s priorities and themes for 2019-2020 and the future of the bilateral relations. The discussion will include topics such as economic and trade relations as well as questions related to mobility and migration. Regional and international policy issues will also be debated by Mogherini and Bourita.Combating climate change and cooperation on environmental issues will be included on the discussion’s agenda, as will strengthening regional and Euro-African cooperation.

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