The European Union’s support for structural reforms, carried out under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, was at the heart of talks held Thursday through videoconference between minister of Affairs foreigners, Nasser Bourita, and the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi.
The scope of the structuring reform projects in Morocco requires a consequent mobilization of all the instruments of the European Union to support Morocco in the post-Covid19 context with the shared objective of a dynamic and rapid socio-economic recovery, Bourita was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
During these talks, the two officials welcomed the new dynamic experienced by bilateral relations, materialized by a strengthening of joint action at the political, economic, financial and security levels as well as the opening of promising cooperation prospects in future-oriented areas, the release added.
This virtuous dynamic, made possible by the Joint Political Declaration adopted in June 2019, contributes to foresee the conclusion of new strategic and mutually beneficial partnership projects in the near future.
Bourita and Várhelyi also agreed to develop a strategic framework of actions for the implementation of the EU’s New Agenda for the Mediterranean and the accompanying Economic and Investment Plan, especially since these two instruments are in perfect convergence with the Kingdom’s priorities.
During the talks, Bourita raised the issue of the categorization of Morocco in some lists, as this categorization does not take into account the global nature of relations and goes against the adopted partnership approach.
In this regard, the minister recalled that dialogue and consultation must constitute the basis of the Morocco-EU partnership, far from any automatism and unilateralism, in order to provide the balance, clarity and predictability necessary for its sustainability.
The two officials agreed to continue and intensify their coordination to act in the interest of relations between Morocco and the European Union.