EU’s Johannes Hahn Visits Morocco to Renew EU-Morocco Partnership

Johannes Hahn the European commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy. Photo : RR

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Hahn is meeting with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, and Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun this Friday in Rabat.

The visit is an opportunity to enhance the EU-Morocco partnership in several spheres, and “review the EU’s commitment to support Morocco’s development programs,” the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press quoted Hahn.

Morocco and the European Union share solid political and economic ties, represented in bilateral cooperation on migration, business opportunities, agriculture and fisheries.

The EU allocated €807 million between 2014 and 2017 to assist in Morocco’s “equitable access to social services, democratic governance, the rule of law and mobility, as well as employability and sustainable and inclusive growth,” states the EU.

In July, the EU commission allocated €90 million in extra funds to the EU Trust Fund for Africa, dedicated to three migration-related programs for North Africa to strengthen border management and protection of migrants in the region.

One of these programs, which is worth €55 million, is dedicated to border management for Morocco and Tunisia. It will support the efforts of national institutions in both countries to save lives at sea, improve maritime border management, and combat smugglers operating in the region, the European Commission said in a press release.

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