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Rapporteur returns to Morocco to assess parliament’s partnership with PACE

Bogdan Klich (Poland, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report to evaluate the Moroccan Parliament’s “Partnership for democracy” with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a second fact-finding visit to Morocco from 8 to 11 April 2015.

The Moroccan Parliament was the first to be granted partner status with PACE in June 2011, enabling a twelve-member delegation of Moroccan parliamentarians to take part in the work of the Strasbourg-based Assembly – though without the right to vote – alongside parliamentarians from the 47 nations of the Council of Europe.
The parliament, for its part, has pledged to work towards universal values of democracy and human rights upheld by the Council of Europe, such as holding free and fair elections and abolishing the death penalty.

In Rabat, Mr Klich is due to meet the Speakers of the Moroccan House of Representatives and House of Counsellors as well as the heads of parliamentary groups and a number of ministers, including the Foreign Affairs, Justice and Finance Ministers.

PACE’s first assessment, in June 2013, expressed satisfaction with progress, declaring that Morocco had taken “an important step on the path to democratic reform” with its new constitution but also called for further reforms.