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AGRI Asks European Parliament to Approve Morocco-EU Agricultural Deal

AGRI Asks European Parliament to Approve Morocco-EU Agricultural Deal

Rabat – Following the finalization of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, the European Parliament’s agricultural committee has shown its support for the agricultural deal.

In a notice, AGRI recommended the approval of the Moroccan-EU deal on agriculture.

AGRI said that the new agricultural agreement reinforces the legal basis for preferential trade and provides a “stable and indisputable framework” for trade with “an important EU partner.”

The notice was addressed to the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA).

Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported on Saturday that INTA has already discussed the “strategic importance of the relations between Morocco and the European Union.”

Earlier this month, INTA discussed a draft resolution to explain the benefits of the agricultural deal in Western Sahara.

INTA will table the draft for a vote in early December in the INTA Committee.

The draft argues that the agreement offers job opportunities and environmental development in Western Sahara, particularly in the cities of Dakhla and Laayoune.

The draft followed a visit from members of the INTA committee in early September to Western Sahara to evaluate the development efforts in the region and the benefits of Morocco-EU agreements on local inhabitants.

The EU and Morocco finalized the fisheries deal on July 24. Authorities anticipate that the agreement will be a new step, providing new spirit in strategic Morocco-EU relations.

However, before entering into effect, the fisheries agreement must pass through the European Parliament and receive approval by all 28 EU member states.

The committee called on the EU and Morocco to “restore good trade relations quickly and to make progress in the negotiations for the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.’

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