European Commission adopts proposals amending the association agreement with Morocco

The European Commission on Monday adopted two proposals in relation to the signature and the conclusion of an agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco on the amendment of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement (Protocols No 1 and No 4). The adoption of these proposals follows the December 2016 ruling of the EU Court of Justice of, and aims to respect the Court’s ruling and clarify the status of products from Western Sahara for preferential tariff treatment when imported into the EU, said the Commission in a press release. The draft Agreement proposes that “products originating from Western Sahara which are subject to the control of the Moroccan custom authorities benefit from the same commercial preferences granted by the EU to products covered by the association agreement.” It also aims to contribute to the economic development of Western Sahara by ensuring that exports to the EU originating there will benefit from wide-ranging trade preferences, it said. The proposals will now be sent to the EU Member States and to the European Parliament for the next steps in the legislative process. These proposals are also concluded without prejudice to the EU’s position on Western Sahara, where the EU continues to support the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, it noted. Morocco is a key partner in our southern neighborhood with which the EU has developed a lasting and valuable partnership over many years and areas, and the EU remains committed to strengthening this partnership, it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency