Introduction

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG).

It is a pleasure to introduce you to the delegation for relations with Maghreb countries. DMAG covers all North African countries, with the exception of Egypt. It comprises three Joint Parliamentary Committees (EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria) and three Inter-Parliamentary delegations (Mauritania and Libya).

Parliamentary diplomacy and the parliamentary extension of international relations are at the heart of our delegation. The Maghreb delegation also represents the European Union in Maghreb countries and helps promote the values on which the European Union is founded: liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

During the present term, DMAG will continue to contribute to enhancing bilateral and regional relations in the complex international context that traditionally characterises the Mediterranean region.

DMAG will also deal with topical issues (such as migration, security, economic growth, protection of environment and social development) that impact citizens' lives more and more directly on both sides of the Mediterranean. The delegation, as part of its mandate, will also evaluate diverse strategic directions and global policy priorities, analysing EU policies and projects. The delegation works towards building renewed public trust (and support) that considers the interests of all parties involved.

During this legislative term, in addition to our regular meetings within the European Parliament, we will continue to hold Inter-Parliamentary Meetings (IPMs) or Joint Parliamentary Meetings (JPMs) with our counterparts. These meetings enhance relations between the EU and Maghreb countries, improving our mutual understanding and helping creating bridges and connections between the two rims of the Mediterranean.

Statement by the DMAG chair on the resignation of UNSR Ghassan Salamé

03-03-2020 16:48

Following the resignation, on 2 March 2020, of the UN Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, the Chair of the Maghreb Delegation, Andrea Cozzolino, declared:

"We extend our gratitude to the UNSR Ghassan Salamé, to his extraordinary work and efforts aiming at ending the crisis in Libya. All his struggle and determination, since the beginning of his mandate, in 2017, and more recently in facilitating the implementation of the Berlin declaration and in stirring the UN-facilitated Geneva talks, are an example for us all. We remain strongly committed to the support of the UN-led peace process in Libya. We also recall that there is no military solution for Libya and that is extremely important that all Libyan parties engage in true dialogue, for the stability and future of Libya".

Statement by the DMAG chair on the vote of confidence by the Tunisian Parliament

03-03-2020 16:45

Following the recent vote of confidence, by the Tunisian Parliament, to the composition of the government, MEP Andrea Cozzolino, the Chair of the Maghreb Delegation, declared:

"We welcome Elyes Fakhfakh's new coalition government and salute this important stage in the consolidation of Tunisian democracy and the efforts made by the Tunisian parliament, rich through its diversity of political parties, towards stability and advancements of economic reforms. We assure of our readiness to continue and strengthen our cooperation, based on mutual responsibility."

Meeting of 18 February 2020, Brussels

03-03-2020 16:41

The meeting included an exchange of views on the relations between the EU and Mauritania in the presence of

· H.E. Mr. Abdallahi BAH NAGI KEBD, Ambassador of Mauritania

· Mr. Irchad Razaaly, Head of Unit Africa 3, EEAS

· Mr. Marc Stalmans, Head of Sector, DEVCO

Statement by the DMAG Chair on the situation in Libya, 13 December 2019

13-12-2019 11:47

The latest threats from self-proclaimed Field-Marshal Haftar about a "broad and total assault towards the heart of the capital are a matter of serious concern. Such a military offensive would only lead to more suffering for the Libyan civilian population, who have already paid a high price, with thousands of death and more than 128,000 people fleeing their homes since April 2019. I call on the European Union and the international community as a whole to condemn such threats and take all necessary measures to prevent a bloodbath.

I reiterate our full support to the UN efforts in Libya as well as to the Berlin process. It represents a crucial opportunity for the international and regional actors to commit to and support a political solution to the crisis in Libya, through a Libyan-owned political process. The EU and all its Member States should speak with one voice with regard to Libya and grant their full support to the UN Special Representative for Libya and to the Berlin process.

MEP Andrea COZZOLINO

Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries

Meeting of 5 December 2019, Brussels

13-12-2019 11:47
The meeting included an exchange of views on the relations between the EU and Libya and the current situation in Libya, in the presence of
  • Mr. Ahmed El Gasir, Senior Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Solidarity
  • Mr. Tarek Megerisi, policy fellow with the North Africa and Middle East programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ms Rosamaria Gili, Head of Division, Maghreb, European External Action Service

Meeting of 17 October 2019, Brussels

13-12-2019 11:47
The meeting included an exchange of views on the EU relations with Mauritania, in the presence of H.E.Mr. Abdallah Bah Nagi Kebd, Ambassador of Mauritania and an exchange of views on the EU relations with Tunisia and notably the presidential and legislative elections of October 2019