In a written declaration, the MEPs, who represent various political groups, stressed the strategic nature of the Moroccan-European partnership and called on the European Commission and the European Council “to encourage and support the process of democratic reforms in Morocco and to ensure the legal validity of international agreements with this strategic partner.”
Under the European neighborhood policy, Morocco has agreed with the EU on a partnership for mobility, security and migration, the MEPs recalled, noting that several reforms were undertaken by Morocco in the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
MEP Rachida Dati, who initiated the written declaration, sent on Thursday letters on this issue to European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, the UN Chief, as well as to the 28 ambassadors of EU member states’ permanent representations in Brussels.
These letters call to preserve the “special relationship” between Morocco and the EU and to take due account of Morocco’s strategic interests.
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