Morocco takes over presidency of UfM Parliamentary Assembly

Morocco takes over presidency of UfM Parliamentary Assembly

Morocco has officially taken, Wednesday in Strasbourg, the presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

The handover of the presidency of this body to the speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi El Alami, took place during the meeting of the Mediterranean delegation chaired by European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, and attended by Vice-President, Pina Picierno and several European parliamentary officials.

On this occasion, Talbi El Alami, in his capacity as the new president of this Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, presented the political priorities of the Moroccan presidency as well as the calendar of its activities, meant to contribute to provide the Union with sustainable development solutions that directly affect thousands of people including mainly women, and which can have tangible results on the ground, especially with the current Ukrainian crisis.

Priority will be granted to sustainable development, water, environment, blue economy, energy, he said, adding that under Moroccan presidency, the Commissions of the UfM-PA will, in partnership with the Secretariat of the UfM in Barcelona, endeavor to address energy security, the fight against climate change, food security and water security.

Other strategic actions will target the employability of youth and inclusive growth as well as the socio-economic empowerment of women, added the speaker of the House of Representatives.

He also touched on the main challenges and threats facing the Euro-Mediterranean region, including the security situation in the Sahel region, the peace process in Libya, the situation in Syria and Palestine, migration flows, peace and security in the region, the environment and climate change.

In this connection, he pleaded for “the crystallization of a collective will to face the common challenges and move forward towards our common fate,” stressing the need to “work on the ground instead of letting the ground impose its reality and its conditions, through the development of proactive strategies at the economic, cultural and security levels.”

The Parliament Speaker who underlined the importance of Morocco as a stable country, a land of dialogue, investment and productive action, said that the Kingdom, which has set an example in security efficiency and anticipatory action, is “fully aware of the interest of cooperating with its friends, colleagues, and neighbors to meet the various challenges posed.”

During his visit to Strasbourg, Talbi El Alami, held talks with European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, and several European parliamentary officials including chairs of parliamentary groups and committees on means to strengthen cooperation between the House of Representatives and the European Parliamentary institution and between Morocco and the European Union at large.

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