Morocco: trade negotiations suspended pending EU Court appeal

March 23, 2016
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European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said in response to a parliamentary written question on Thursday 17 March 2016 that it was currently too early to assess what the implications of a judgment annulling a Council Decision on the conclusion of the EU-Morocco Agreement would be for the EU-Morocco DCFTA negotiations. The Commissioner made this point in her response to a question on EU-Morocco relations and noted the ongoing proceedings before the EU General Court against certain aspects of the agreement on agricultural trade. “Relationships are, for now, suspended pending the outcome of this appeal,” she said.
The Commissioner also said that “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations with Morocco were launched on 1 March 2013. Four rounds of negotiations took place with good technical progress. After the fourth round, Morocco has asked for a break in the negotiations in order to launch accompanying studies on different sectors. In May 2015 a high level meeting took place in which Morocco indicated that it needed more time to come back with clear negotiating positions.” 

Countries covered:

  • Morocco