The launch of the partnership was announced at the end of the 14th meeting of the Morocco-EU Association Council.
Rabat – Morocco and the European Union expressed on Thursday, June 27, their determination to give new “impetus to their strategic, multidimensional, and privileged relationship; This impetus is consistent with their mutual expectations and the challenges of today’s world, by developing a true ‘Euro-Moroccan partnership for shared prosperity’.”
The strategic partners announced their decision in a joint political declaration at the end of the 14th meeting of the Morocco-EU Association Council, held in Brussels on Thursday, June 27.
“The EU-Morocco partnership is more necessary than ever to respond to such challenges,” the document says. Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that shared views on numerous issues has made it increasingly possible for the European Union and Morocco to collaborate on developing suitable responses to issues, in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The declaration emphasized that the EU-Morocco partnership will aim at further deepening bilateral relations, on the basis of common ambitions and the development of both parties. It will also aim at strengthening regional and Euro-African cooperation as well as supporting effective multilateralism.
The document also reiterated that the two parties “commit themselves to protecting the partnership which unites them, strengthening its resilience and stability and ensuring its continuity in case of difficulties, particularly through early consultation, strengthened coordination and use of the working structures established under the partnership”.
The EU and Morocco also reaffirmed that they will work to “define a new framework for relations, one that is comprehensive and resilient. “
The ‘Euro-Moroccan partnership for shared prosperity’ will be based on four structural areas: an area of convergence of values, an area of economic convergence and social cohesion, an area of shared knowledge, and an area of political consultation and of enhanced cooperation on security.
The partnership will also focus on two key horizontal fields in which specific operational actions will also be carried out, namely cooperation in the field of the environment and the fight against climate change, and cooperation in the field of mobility and migration; these actions will reinforce each other.
The partnership for shared prosperity serves as a dynamic example which can be used by parties who share the same level of ambition, according to MAP.
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini chaired the 14th meeting of the Morocco-European Union Association Council.