Phil Hogan: Adoption of the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement will give a new impetus to the bilateral partnership
Phil Hogan: Adoption of the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement will give a new impetus to the bilateral partnership
Berlin, 18/01/2019 (MAP) - The important and decisive vote by MEPs in favour of the agricultural agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco is likely to breathe new life into the bilateral partnership, said Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on Friday in Berlin.

"I am delighted to be at the Moroccan flag with the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries to welcome the excellent result achieved following the adoption by the European Parliament this week of the agricultural agreement between Morocco and the EU," Mr Hogan told reporters at the end of his talks with Mr Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries on the occasion of the inauguration of the Moroccan flag at Berlin's International Green Week.

"We can now build on this agreement to consider a broader cooperation with Africa, where our Moroccan friends are at the forefront," he said, saying he was "delighted to be here in Berlin to celebrate this important decision of the European Parliament".

And the European Commissioner added that the EU aspires "to maintain very good relations with Morocco in other areas in the coming years".

The European Parliament adopted the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement on Wednesday in Strasbourg with 444 votes in favour, 167 against and 68 abstentions. With the adoption of this agreement, both parties are taking their multidimensional strategic partnership to a new level.

On the sidelines of the inauguration of the Moroccan pavilion at the International Green Week in Berlin, Mr. Akhannouch met with the Swiss Minister of Agriculture, the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and took part alongside the German Federal Minister of Economy, Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, in a panel discussion on climate and agriculture.

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