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European and Moroccan parliamentarians share experience on how parliaments can control governments

Strasbourg, 07.11.2012 – A one-day seminar on the topic “Controls exerted by Parliaments on Governments’ actions”, bringing together six members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) with between 30 and 40 members of the Moroccan Parliament, will take place in Rabat on 8 November. A member of the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s expert advisory body on constitutional law, will also take part.

The seminar, organised by PACE at the invitation of the Moroccan Parliament, is due to be opened by the Speakers of the parliament’s two chambers, the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors.

Participants will discuss different European legal models and practices for parliamentary scrutiny of the executive, and their possible relevance for the Moroccan Parliament, which holds “Partner for democracy” status with the Assembly.

This is the first event organised by PACE within the framework of an ongoing three-year joint programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, to strengthen democratic reform in Europe’s southern neighbourhood.