The first Euro-Mediterranean agreement in the field of aviation was signed on 12 December 2006 between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco.
It is not merely an agreement to open markets between the two parties but also includes an extensive alignment of aviation legislation with key parts of the EU rules and regulations, including those on safety, economic regulation and in particular competition laws, air traffic management and consumer protection. It also offers a gradual opening of market access between Morocco and the EU, providing substantial opportunities for passengers and industry on both sides.
Between 2004 and 2011, the compound annual growth of rate on the EU-Morocco market has been 12.8%. The impact of the liberalisation contributed to 65% of this growth thanks to the development of new routes and the decrease of fares (-37%). 32 000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced) were created in 2011.
Background [29 KB]
Speech of Vice-President Barrot [25 KB] (FR)
Speech of Minister Ghellab [113 KB] (FR)