Morocco: constitution not yet fully implemented, EU

Annual report lists economic and social challenges

20 March, 16:39

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 20 - Faced with greater ''dynamism'' in the parliamentary and public debate on government actions, in 2012 Morocco witnessed rather limited progress in the implementation of its constitution, according to the latest EU report on its Neighborhood Policies in the Southern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

Brussels noted that considerable challenges remain in the economic and social fields, while at the bilateral level substantial progress has been made with the definitive implementation of a free trade zone between the EU and Morocco on March 1, 2012, followed by the enactment of an agreement on agricultural products and the finalization of talks for a new action plan leading to an ''advanced status'' of relations for the 2013-2017 period.

The EU report also notes substantial progress in talks for a partnership on mobility and the beginning of negotiations for a more complete free trade agreement. However, recommendations for Morocco include ensuring greater respect for the freedoms of association, expression and the press, as well as greater efforts in the the struggle against unemployment, especially as concerns women and the young. (ANSAmed).

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