Trade barriers set to fall between Morocco and EU

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Trade barriers set to fall between Morocco and EU

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The European Parliament has adopted an agreement to liberalise Morocco-EU trade in agricultural and fisheries products.

The deal will bring to an end trade barriers over a 10 year transition period. It spells defeat for
a campaign led by French Green MEP José Bové and Spanish MEPs to have the agreement amended.

“The problem is the exploitation of workers involved agriculture. In Europe the hourly wages for such work ranges from eight to 13 euros an hour. In Morocco the workers are on wages of five euros per day,” stressed José Bové.

The agreement provides for a system of entry prices and tariff quotas for sensitive EU products especially tomatoes but also other vegetables and fruits. It also includes safeguard measures should Moroccan imports seriously disturb the EU market. The chair of the committee, Vital Moreira explained some of the measures, “There are quotas in a series of products, there is price fixing in order to avoid price dumping, there are times when there will be no imports of products so as to safeguard the harvest periods in European Union”.

The agreement represents a step towards a more extensive free trade agreement says our correspondent, Isabel Marques da Silva

“Along with this agreement, the European Parliament also voted on a proposal by a Belgium Liberal MEP on the future opening of some financial EU programs with Morocco, which have Advance Status to progressively integrate into the European Internal Market”.