Upper House Speaker Holds Talks with EU Ambassador to Morocco

Speaker of the House of Advisors (Upper House), Naama Mayara, met, Thursday, with the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Morocco, Patricia Llombart Cussac, and discussed means and ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields, including parliamentary action. During this meeting, the two sides expressed their satisfaction with the distinguished level of multidimensional strategic relations uniting Morocco and the EU in the framework of a “Euro-Moroccan Partnership for Shared Prosperity”, said a statement of the Upper House. In this regard, Mayara stressed the role played by the House of Advisors through its diverse composition, in promoting dialogue between Morocco and the EU, at all levels (political, economic and social), through the work of the Morocco-EU Mixed Parliamentary Committee, which tends to accompany the governmental cooperation between the two sides, and the hosting of forums and debates about social, economic, professional and sectoral issues. He also underlined the need to expand the areas of this partnership to respond to geopolitical changes at regional and international levels and to face the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mayara welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the institutional twinning program between the Kingdom and the EU through the organization of seminars and workshops to share expertise and experiences with European parliaments partners, calling for the expansion of this institutional program to include other important areas, including youth, investment, renewable energy, the business climate and digitalization. For her part, Cussac hailed the efficient policy adopted by Morocco in managing the Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions as well as the strengthening by the Kingdom of its health sovereignty. In addition, she highlighted the importance that the EU attaches to its relations with the Kingdom as a strategic partner in all areas of cooperation and the strengthening of tripartite cooperation (Europe-Morocco-Africa), expressing the willingness to expand and consolidate these relations to include various central issues of common interest and topicality, such as digitization, food security and health, environment, climate and renewable energy.