Pierre Moscovici

The adoption, on Wednesday in Strasbourg, by a large majority, of the agriculture agreement between Morocco and the European Union is "a positive signal to relaunch our partnership", said Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs.

"I commend the outcome of the European Parliament's vote on the revision of the association agreement between the European Union and Morocco," Moscovici told MAP.

"Today's vote represents the culmination of more than two years of intense and productive work between the European and Moroccan authorities. I would like to praise their commitment to dialogue and the search for a compromise that is favorable to all. On these new foundations, the partnership between Morocco and the European Union is stronger than ever," he said.

"This is a positive signal to relaunch our partnership with Morocco, a country that has always been a friend and ally. It is also good news for the European Union, Morocco, local businesses and the inhabitants of the Sahara," he said, noting that it puts an end to "legal uncertainty that is harmful to all.

The European Commissioner said that customs tariffs will support the local economy by promoting exports.

"We are responding to the will expressed by a large part of the actors and economic circles in the Sahara", he pointed out, noting that "in the agriculture sector, no less than 14,000 jobs depend on this agreement and some 45,000 in the fisheries sector".

More generally, he went on to say, "this agreement ensures the stability of a region whose economic, political, security and social interests are at the heart of our action".