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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 European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries (DMAG).

DMAG covers relations with Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. It undertakes to hold inter-parliamentary meetings with each of our five partners every year. In principle, these meetings take place one year in Brussels or Strasbourg and the following year in the partner country. This dialogue is further developed through the three Joint Parliamentary Committees of EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria, which offers a platform for parliamentarians to work together on specific topics of common interest.

The strengthening of the bilateral, structural relations with the parliaments of the Maghreb countries is the main objective of DMAG, pursued in close coordination with the European Parliament Committee of External Affairs, Committee of Development and Committee of International Trade, with other relevant EU internal policy committees of the EP, as well as within the larger framework of the EU relations with these countries.

Parliamentary diplomacy, as parliamentary dimension of the EU's external action is at the core of our delegation. Our actions, aimed to increase the impact and the legitimacy of the EU foreign policy, go hand in hand with the efforts to ensuring coherence and complementarity by close coordination of our activities.

The Maghreb delegation contributes to the promotion within the Maghreb countries of 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. The delegation works also towards building renewed public trust and support that considers the interests of all parties involved.

DMAG deals with topical issues, such as socio-economic development, employment, with a special focus on perspectives for youth and women, gender equality and individual freedoms, migration, including visa facilitation, readmission agreements, circular migration and mobility partnerships, security and fight against violent extremism, as well as renewable energy and protection of the environment, that impact citizens' lives more and more on both sides of the Mediterranean.

The Delegation evaluates diverse strategic directions and global policy priorities, analysing EU policies and projects related to the Maghreb region. A great deal of attention is granted to reinforcing the importance of sustainability and internationally agreed norms, including on climate, social, fiscal and economic sustainability. The geo-economic importance of connectivity (digital, transport, energy and human dimensions) as well as the tackling of the new and unconventional security threats (cyberattacks, terrorism, disinformation) and the reemergence of armed conflicts is also addressed, within the broad EU internal and external action approach, and its reflection in the relations between the EU and the Maghreb countries.

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, where all above-mentioned topical issues, as well as other issues of common interest are discussed, contribute to enhancing the relations between the EU and the Maghreb countries, improving our mutual understanding and helping creating bridges and connections between the two rims of the Mediterranean.


Andrea Cozzolino (S&D, IT), Chair 2019 - 2024

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

02-04-2020 15:21

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."

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