In a resolution adopted today by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Kingdom of Morocco was granted the status of “Partner for local democracy” with this assembly of local and regional elected representatives from the Organisation’s 47 member states. This makes it the first country to enjoy this status, which offers the Council of Europe’s neighbouring countries an ideal platform for dialogue and institutional contacts with their European counterparts.
The Moroccan delegation will comprise 6 representatives and 6 substitutes who will be able to sit alongside Congress members and contribute to the debates during sessions – albeit without the right to vote – and to the work of its monitoring, current affairs and governance committees.
“This application for partner status shows Morocco’s interest in our work and reflects the excellent relations between the Congress and the Moroccan authorities at all levels. It is in this promising context that we look forward to the ambitious co-operation work that is about to begin”, said Piero Fassino, spokesperson on the South-Mediterranean Partnership.