EU-Morocco Association Council Meets in Brussels to Set Partnership Priorities

The EU-Morocco Association Council meets on Thursday to discuss ways of reinvigorating relations between the European bloc and the North African Kingdom, the major strategic partner of the Union in the southern Mediterranean.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

The Association Council will address the EU-Moroccan partnership projects for 2019-2020 and the future of bilateral relations, including economic and trade cooperation and issues relating to mobility and migration.

Combating climate change and cooperation on environmental issues will also be on the agenda, as well as strengthening regional and Euro-African cooperation.

The EU Foreign policy chief and Bourita will also discuss regional and international policy issues.
In its conclusions of 20 June 2019, the European Council welcomed the renewed impetus given to EU-Morocco relations. The European bloc has extensive ties with Morocco in trade, political and security matters.

The Union, which is Morocco’s largest trading partner, has renewed lately with the North African Kingdom the agricultural and sustainable fisheries partnership deals.

The two agreements enhance the benefits and advantages of local Sahara inhabitants and strengthen the multidimensional strategic partnership existing between Morocco and the EU.

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