EU Grants Morocco 890 Million Euros for 2014-2017 Period – MAP
Maghreb Arab Press (Brussels, Belgium, July 25, 2014 ) — The European Union decided this Friday to grant Morocco a budget of 890 million euros for the 2014-2017 period, as part of the European neighborhood and partnership instrument.
The Head of Morocco’s mission to the EU, Menouar Alem, said this is an increase of 15pc -on annual average- compared to the amount of the 2011-2013 period (580.5 million euros).
The budget will be disbursed in four annual parts of 222.5 million Euros (compared to 193.5 million euros in the previous program).
“The rise reflects the EU’s confidence in Morocco’s economic and political reforms, adopted at the initiative of HM King Mohammed VI, particularly those aiming the consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and public freedoms”, the ambassador told MAP.
He added that the EU’s grant will finance the 2nd generation of reforms in four major fields identified by Morocco and the EU. Those are fair access to basic services, supporting democratic governance, employment, lasting and inclusive growth and consolidation of institutional capacities.