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Morocco and EU host launch ceremony ahead of a landmark green energy partnership

With the European Union fully invested in promoting the transition towards clean energy and countering global warming, the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco held on June 29 a launch ceremony for the so-called ‘Green Partnership’ that will see the two sides work together to meet commitments set by the Paris Climate Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, protect the environment and promote the green economy.

For Europe, the expected cooperation with Morocco will be the first of its kind with a country located on its southern flank and is part of the 2019 EU-Morocco Partnership for Shared Prosperity to enhance the relationship between Morocco and the European Union, which are in line with the goals laid down by the European Neighborhood Policy.

Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates.

The Green Partnership “is aimed at ensuring consistency in our work with regional and international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations Conventions on Biological Diversity and Desertification, the Regional Platform of the Union for the Mediterranean on energy and industrial cooperation and the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution,” the joint statement noted.

“Our meeting is important because it comes on the cusp of post-crisis recovery; that is, the right time to learn the lessons. The way out of the crisis is an opportunity to “build back better”, avoiding the mistakes of the past. It is an opportunity for an open and cooperative approach, with the help of all,” Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, said during the launch ceremony marking the signing of the agreement, adding, “The new Green Partnership should be: a Partnership for a “green recovery”, swift, fair and win-win. In short, a partnership that would contribute to “greening” our economies more, to further diversify their growth engines, and to get closer to the new mapping of post-crisis international value chains … The Green Partnership is fully consistent with the Strategic Orientations defined by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. These royal orientations have made environmental and climatic issues an active deployment axis that is permanently at the heart of public policies, internally and in interactions with partners. Because wait-and-see is not an option.”

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans. EPA-EFE//FRANCOIS LENOIR

King Mohammed VI has taken an active role in promoting sustainable development in Morocco and Northern Africa as the country aims to produce 52% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. His pro-active and hands-on approach towards innovative development was reflected in the joint statement issued by both parties where the European Union expressly noted Morocco’s efforts to fulfil the core elements of the Green Partnership.

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