Brussels - Strengthening partnership with the EU is a strategic choice for Morocco, Ambassador Menouar Alem, Head of Morocco’s mission to the EU said.
Brussels – Strengthening partnership with the EU is a strategic choice for Morocco, Ambassador Menouar Alem, Head of Morocco’s mission to the EU said.
Morocco is set to reinvigorate a partnership with the EU that is in “continuous renewal,” said the Ambassador in an interview with MAP.
Alem said that the two parties are considering a new framework for their relationship to encompass new realities and priorities both at the national and EU levels.
Alem, who expressed satisfaction with the results achieved as part of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), stressed the need for the adoption of new cooperation instruments to build up on the Advanced Status that Morocco enjoys in its ties with the EU.
In this regards, he said Morocco aspires through the Mobility Partnership to the conclusion of a Deep and Comprehensive Free trade Agreement (DCFTA) which, he said, will add new momentum to relations with the EU in fields that are directly of interest to private operators as well as the Moroccans living in Europe.
He said that Morocco and the EU held last April the fourth round of negotiations on the DCFTA and the Mobility partnership, adding that the two parties have identified areas of cooperation and that efforts are geared towards reaching a win-win partnership.
The Moroccan official said that Morocco has always favored dialogue and consultation in tackling contentious issues with its partners. He gave the example of Morocco’s participation in the Agriculture and Fisheries Sub-Committee to find solutions following the EU’s decision to change the entry prices for Moroccan fruits and vegetables to the EU single market.
The EU is Morocco’s first trading partner and first source of investments and tourists, said Alem, noting that trade with the EU represents 53% of Morocco’s foreign trade that is 27.24 billion Euros.