“With funding of €80 million, the “Programme d’appui à la réforme de la fiscalité” will help to simplify and rationalise Morocco’s fiscal system, focusing in particular on VAT reform.
In addition, two new environmental programmes have been adopted in the field of water and waste water policy, backed by EU funding worth €40 million.
The Commission has also earmarked support to improve the country’s migration management policies.”
“Most notably, the overdue in-depth reforms of the Moroccan political institutions, insinuated by the Royal Palace on numerous occasions, remain pure discourse. Legal reforms, while valuable in themselves, are being voided of meaning by the absence of the rule of law in Morocco. Some improvements in the area of women’s and children’s rights hardly sufficed to cover up the recent backlash against the free press, civil society and free assembly. Although the European Commission increasingly stresses the features of this structural time bomb in its various writings on Morocco, including undesired effects on key EU interests, these assessments unfortunately do not appear to meaningfully inform EU policy-making. Ironically, the first EU-Morocco summit in Granada, intended to celebrate Morocco’s status as an ‘advanced’ EU partner in the Mediterranean, follows the closure of the pioneer of Morocco’s independent press, the political magazine Le Journal, just a few months earlier. This and numerous other examples indicate that solemn speeches are not enough anymore for a Kingdom that wants to be perceived as ‘advanced’.”
€449.29 million in non-refundable grants.”
EU seems to have a lot of money to spread around…