Morocco not included in the European Union migration budget
Morocco is not among the countries covered by the new partnership established by the European Union in the field of migration, with a budget of eight billion euros.
On 6 June, the European Commission announced the strengthening of partnership in the field of migration with “third countries”. Which strengthened the executive body of the European Union (EU) will spend eight billion euros over five years according to the statement issued following the presentation of this new project. This new project should include, at first, Jordan and Lebanon with which agreements should be concluded in “short term”. Other pacts could be longer-term agreements with several African countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ethiopia, the statement of the European Commission makes no mention of Morocco to be a partner of the EU on the issue of migration.
A reference to Morocco, however, can be found in a more detailed communication document, published by the EU’s executive body. In this document, it is stated that the 28 and the kingdom “are longtime partners regarding migration issues and develop this cooperation when conditions are favorable.” A statement which may seem surprising when you know that Morocco and the European Union on 17 March, officially restored their contacts, broken unilaterally by the Kingdom on February 25, days after the European Council made an appeal to overturn the decision of the European Court of justice annulling agricultural agreements between Morocco and the EU.
An agreement that has not been restored since the appeal filed by the European Council and which will be studied next July 19 by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It should be noted that a decision of the ECJ which would be unfavorable to Morocco could lead to a profound change in relations between Morocco and the EU. In February, a Moroccan diplomatic source said: “A decision of the Court of Justice not favorable to Morocco could lead to outright cancellation of all agreements between the kingdom and the EU. ” This suggests that the development of Morocco-EU relations depend largely on the judgment delivered by the Court, based in Luxembourg.
Note that currently the European Union has spent through the European Neighborhood Instrument, € 10 million to promote the integration of migrants in Morocco. The EU also subsidizes to the tune of five million euros, initiatives supporting Morocco-EU mobility partnerships.