Morocco, EU Launch New Institutional Twinning to Support Lower House

A new institutional twinning between Morocco and the European Union (EU) has been launched recently to support the Kingdom’s House of Representatives (lower house). This twinning between the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco and the French National Assembly, which are associated with the Czech Chamber of Deputies and the Belgian House of Representatives, has just been launched, says a statement from the House of Representatives. It has the support of four other Member States (Italy, Greece, Hungary and Portugal) and will mobilize a total of nearly 70 international experts from seven different parliaments, reflecting the diversity of parliamentary practices, the statement said. With a duration of 24 months financed by the EU, this “Support to the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco” was signed in late April by Lower House Speaker Rachid Talbi El Alami, and rench National Assembly Speaker Richard Ferrand, and approved by Jean-Christophe Filori, head of EU cooperation in Morocco, the same source said. The general objective is to contribute to the capitalization of the achievements of the House of Representatives in the exercise of its powers and constitutional missions, focusing on a iterative peer implementation based on comparative analysis, co-construction and training-action to maximize the transfer of skills, says the statement. Traditional methodological tools will also be used, such as situation analyses, feasibility studies, development of action plans, and training and exchange workshops in small groups. Study visits will be an opportunity for the elected officials and the civil servants of the Chamber to exchange with their counterparts in the partner Member States of the European Union on the chosen themes, and will allow the networking of the assemblies and their administrations. This twinning, which is part of the more general framework of “Support to the Moroccan Parliament”, aims to strengthen the EU-Morocco partnership in coordination with other ongoing initiatives, including the joint program of the Council of Europe for the benefit of both chambers, notes the statement.