Partnership with the Parliament of Morocco: a positive assessment

After seven years of implementation of the partnership for democracy between the Parliament of Morocco and PACE, the Political Affairs Committee has made a “positive assessment” of its results, stressing that Morocco has made progress in strengthening democratic governance and the rule of law, in particular the passing of almost all the institutional acts provided for in the 2011 Constitution, the reform of the judiciary, and the reform of the electoral law.

In adopting unanimously today the report by Bogdan Klich (Poland, EPP/CD), the committee called on the Moroccan authorities to pursue and take ownership of the reforms, at national level by strengthening the resources available to Parliament, and at local level by the implementation in practice of the process of decentralisation.

While noting that a de facto moratorium has been maintained since 1993, the committee reiterated its call on the Moroccan Parliament to abolish the death penalty and, in the meantime, to promote a de jure moratorium on executions.

Noting progress in the representation of women in the political sphere, the committee invited the Moroccan Parliament to continue its efforts as regards gender equality, including in the economic field and education. It also welcomed the migration policy pursued by Morocco, based on an inclusive vision of the integration of migrants into Moroccan society.

Finally, the parliamentarians called on the Moroccan authorities to continue the creation of a common legal area between Europe and Morocco by ratifying a number of Council of Europe conventions, relating in particular to the mutual administrative assistance in tax matters and to the counterfeiting of medical products.

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The Moroccan Parliament was granted partner for democracy status with PACE on 21 June 2011 on the basis of Resolution 1818 (2011). It is the first parliament to have been granted this status, introduced by PACE in 2009 to develop institutional co-operation with the parliaments of neighbouring States of the Council of Europe. A first evaluation of this partnership was made in 2015.