The hearing intends to bring together experts and stakeholders concerning EU-Morocco relations on a broad range of topics. In three panels, speakers from Morocco and Europe will touch upon issues like religion, human rights and security as well as on the current ECJ rulings and the future of EU-Morocco relations. Members of the ALDE group will moderate the panels, guaranteeing a structured dialogue between all participants. The ALDE group invites anyone who is interested in the relationship between the European Union and Morocco to attend the hearing.
15.00–15.05 Opening remarks: Hilde VAUTMANS — Patricia LALONDE
15.05–16.05 Roundtable “A dialogue on religion, human rights and security challenges”
Moderator — Teresa GIMENEZ BARBAT
Aicha Haddou, Director of the Interfaith & Peacebuilding Research and Training Center of the Rabita Al-Mohammadia of Ulemas of Morocco.
Imad Iddine Habib, Activist for humanism, secularism and human rights, Co-spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
Dr. Claire Spencer, Senior research fellow for the MENA region and Second Century Initiative, Chatham House.
16.05–17.05 Roundtable “The implications of the ECJ judgment on the Western Sahara and on the European Union and the EU-Morocco relations”
Moderator — Ivo VAJGL
Gilles Devers, Lawyer of the Polisario Front.
Vincent Piket, Head of Division Maghreb, European External Action Service (EEAS).
17.05–17.20 Coffee break
17.20–18.20 Roundtable “The future of the EU-Morocco cooperation”
Moderator — Patricia LALONDE
S.E.M. Ahmed Reda Chami, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the U.
Hassan Benabderrazik, member of Free Trade Agreements Committee, Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).
18:20–18:30 Concluding remarks: Patricia LALONDE
Date: 25 of April from 15:00–18:30
Place: Brussels, European Parliament, Room ASP 5G1
Interpretation will be provided in English and French.
Please note that due to limited room capacity, registration will close as soon as this has been reached. To register click HERE.