The European Commission adopted on 20 December new cooperation programmes worth €389 million in support of the Kingdom of Morocco, in order to support reforms, inclusive development and border management and work towards developing a ‘Euro-Moroccan partnership for shared prosperity’.
As part of this strengthened cooperation, the new programmes including the signing of a financing agreement with Morocco for a budget support programme of €101.7 million supporting border management. The programme was adopted two weeks ago as part of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, stated that: ‘Morocco has long been an essential partner of the European Union, with which we share borders and aspirations. Under the leadership of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, Morocco has achieved significant steps towards modernisation and has made closer ties with Europe a strategic choice. Faced with shared challenges, the time has come to give new impetus to our relationship through deeper and more diversified cooperation, including towards Africa, in order to link our futures and bring our peoples closer together.