EU and Morocco sign green energy deal

(EurActiv, 20 Oct 2022) The European Union and Morocco on Tuesday (18 October) signed a “green partnership” deal they hope will bolster cooperation on renewable energy.

The sun-baked North African country is seeking to offer alternatives for European nations trying to wean themselves off fossil fuels, whose prices have soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Tuesday’s deal, signed by European Commission deputy head Frans Timmermans and Moroccan chief diplomat Nasser Bourita, is the first of its kind, Timmermans said at the signing ceremony in Rabat.

It aims to create “sustainable growth that reflects today’s challenges”, he added.

Bourita said that the “harsh international reality has shown, both in Europe and in North Africa, that when it comes to energy, it is reliability and only reliability that counts”.

The remarks, an allusion to Russia’s move to cut off gas supplies to Europe in suspected retaliation for Western sanctions, also come after neighbouring Algeria halted gas deliveries to Spain via a pipeline running across Moroccan territory.

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