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14th meeting of the Morocco-European Union Association Council

The 14th meeting of the Morocco-European Union Association Council, held on the 27th of June 2019 and chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, was marked by the adoption for the first time ever in the history of EU relations with a neighbouring country, of a "Joint Political Declaration".

This Joint Political Declaration lays the foundations for a new "Euro-Moroccan partnership of shared prosperity", giving a new impetus to the relations between Morocco and the European Union in order to meet the expectations and challenges of the contemporary world.

Morocco and the European Union highlighted, through the joint political declaration that they are willing to maintain a regular dialogue oriented towards action to promote multilateralism, especially at the level of the United Nations to foster Stability, Security and Peace.

Besides, both sides agreed that in the context of responsible multilateralism, they are to build joint responses, notably when it comes to initiatives to which the Kingdom of Morocco attaches a great importance such as the fight against climate change, inter-faith dialogues, the combat against extremism and terrorism...etc.

According to the joint political declaration, these themes will be an integral part of the renewed partnership and be the subject of closer consultations within the relevant multilateral instances, with the aim of reaching joint positions reflecting the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is also expressed in Morocco’s and European Union’s support for regional cooperation, both through the Arab Maghreb Union and bilateral dialogue between neighbouring countries in the Maghreb and through their involvement in the bodies which bring together European and North African countries, such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the ‘5+5 Dialogue’.

In this regard, both sides hailed the ‘Summit of the Two Shores - Forum for the Mediterranean’ initiative, which draws on non state actors to give further momentum of cooperation in the Western Mediterranean on a new basis.

In light of the Moroccan return to the African Union and its action to develop a successful south-south cooperation model, the two sides agreed to step up their coordination of common themes interest within the framework of European Union-Africa Dialogue, the Africa-Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs and the post- Cotonou process which has as an objective to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and contribute to the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy.

In the same document, the two sides, adopting a common language with regard to the Sahara issue, reaffirmed their support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General to continue the political process aiming to reach a just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue, based on compromise and in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolution 2468 of 30 April 2019.

In the same vein, The European Union welcomes the serious and credible efforts led by Morocco, to this end, as reflected in the abovementioned resolution, and encourages all parties to continue their engagement in a spirit of realism and compromise.

Following the 14th session of the Morocco-EU Association Council and the launching of the joint political declaration, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation declared that both sides will work towards a redesign of ties framework in order to come up with more strategic relationship and with a stronger regional dimension towards Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, areas where both sides have presence, interests and projects to promote together.

For her part, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini hailed the deep socio-economic reforms in Morocco in a context of stability under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.

According to her, His twenty years of reign have enabled Morocco to deepen its partnership with the European Union while fully playing its role on the African continent and on the multilateral and of course regional scene.

This new statutory stage entitled “Euro-Moroccan Partnership of shared Prosperity” comes to reiterate the excellent momentum of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union, two partners involved in a privileged advanced status and determined to overcome the common challenges that they share in their region.