The Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils was part of a high-level Moroccan delegation including local and regional elected representatives as well as representatives of the Directorate General of Local Authorities, having participated in the meeting organized by the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, which took place on Tuesday 02 April 2019 and which was devoted to granting Morocco the status of “Partner” for local democracy.
Pursuant to this decision, Morocco obtained six seats in the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities. One of these seats will be occupied by the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils, reflecting the Association’s important position as a body representing one of the most important levels of Moroccan decentralization and an important player in the model of advanced regionalization in Morocco.
In the context of this accession, Morocco has undertaken to pursue the development of the process of decentralization and regionalization and to promote the positioning of local authorities and their role in the consolidation of local democracy and territorial governance, which is one of the most important areas of focus of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Prefectural and Provincial Councils.
It should be noted that the Regional and Local Authorities of the Council of Europe is a European political body representing the local and regional authorities of 47 member states of the Council of Europe, which comprises 200,000 municipalities.
The status of Partner for Local Democracy was created by the October 2014 Conference to reflect the particular situation of countries adjacent to the Council of Europe, in order to provide a privileged framework for dialogue and regular institutional exchanges with their European counterparts.