EU and Morocco committed to strengthening partnership

February 7, 2017
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The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Morocco’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, held a meeting today to discuss the evolution of relations between Morocco and the European Union. The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker attended part of the meeting.

The meeting builds on the Joint Declaration of 21 December by the High Representative and Salaheddine Mezouar, Morocco’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, following the decision of the European Court of Justice on the Agricultural Agreement between the EU and Morocco.

Both parties affirmed that they remain committed to defending, preserving and strengthening their partnership in its various dimensions. They recognised the importance of maintaining stable trade relations. They agreed that the technical teams would meet soon to set the details of the way forward.

Both sides assured that discussions between the EU and Morocco will continue in a climate of serenity and mutual trust, in order to agree on the necessary arrangements to continue and develop their relations, particularly in the field of agriculture. Pending the conclusion of these discussions, appropriate measures would be taken where necessary to secure the implementation of the existing Free Trade Agreement for processed agricultural products and fishery products between the EU and Morocco and preserve the partnership’s achievements in this area.

Recalling the strategic importance of their relations, both sides expressed their willingness to resume work and expand cooperation in all areas of common interest.

The High Representative took this opportunity to personally congratulate Morocco on its return to the African Union. The two sides agreed to work together to strengthen the mutual synergies of their partnership on regional and pan-African issues.

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Joint statement (FR)

EU Neighbours – Morocco  

EU Delegation to Morocco – website and Facebook page

Countries covered:

  • Morocco