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Twinning Project between Morocco and EU to Reinforce Judicial Cooperation

Rabat – A twinning project on institutional reforms and the modernization the High Institute of Magistracy (ISM) was launched yesterday in Rabat in a ceremony that marked the attendance of the Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, as well as many other high-ranking Moroccan officials, and European diplomatic representatives.

The project is a 24-month program that seeks to reinforce institutional cooperation between Morocco and its EU partners in the legal field and other justice-related issues.

The program amounts to €1.2 million, financed by the EU, and entirely allocated to expertise exchange between Moroccan and EU public administration officials.

The allocated funds are said to be managed by the ministry of finance, whereas the program itself will be managed by a consortium of 50 experts from France, Belgium, and Spain. 

In line with the project’s ambition, which is to modernize and reform Morocco’s judiciary system, the consortium of European experts will exchange their expertise and legal experiences with their Moroccan counterparts.

According to Aujjar, this twinning program is a result of the King’s professed desire to guarantee judiciary independence, and competence of legal authorities.

The aim, according to the Ministry of justice, is to train Moroccan legal authorities according to European standards, therefore giving them the required qualification to build a “strong, professional, and independent judiciary system.”

“This project is the culmination of a partnership between the Ministry of Justice and the High Institute of Magistracy, on the one hand, and the French Ministry of Justice, the Spanish General Council of Judiciary Power, and Belgium’s Federal Service, on the other hand. It will improve judicial mechanisms, while guaranteeing citizens’ rights and liberties”, Aujjar said.

“Reforming the Judiciary is one of Morocco’s national priorities,” Aujjar further explained, as he underlined that Morocco’s judicial system has been experiencing great improvements in the recent years, especially after the 2011 constitutional reforms.

Claudia Wiedey, UE’s Ambassador to Morocco, stressed, for her part, the improvements made in Morocco through a justice system that is “transparent and independent from the executive.” She praised Morocco’s efforts in building “an equitable and civil justice,” and explained that the twinning program is a vital means of strengthening cooperation between Morocco and its European partners.

Around 70 judiciary-related missions and five research trips are scheduled as part of the program, a move, some officials explained, aimed at equipping the High Institute of Magistracy with solid trainings in communication and governance.

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