The news in the Moroccan press (FR only):
A delegation of the Schools of Political Studies of Tunis and Rabat on
training in Strasbourg
group of students of the Schools of Political Studies of Tunis and Rabat have
attended the 44th Annual Study Session in International and
Comparative Law of Human Rights,
which has been organised by the International Institute of Human Rights (IIDH)
in Strasbourg, from 8 – 26 July 2013.
Both the South Programme and the Council of Europe’s programme of the Schools of
Political Studies have sponsored the participation of this group.
In addition to the study session at the IIDH, the representatives of the two
Schools have also effected a two-day study visit at the Council of Europe, with
a focus on the democratic developments and the Organisation’s cooperation with
the countries of South Mediterranean.
Launching of the assessment of the anti-corruption framework in Morocco
The Council of Europe has launched today, 10 July 2013, in Rabat, the process of
assessment of the legal and institutional anti-corruption framework of Morocco.
This process is based on the GRECO methodology, and is conducted by a team of
experts in the country who have been appointed by both the Council of Europe and
the Moroccan authorities.
A draft assessment report will be eventually discussed with the Instance
Centrale de Prévention de la Corruption (ICPC), the other competent public
institutions as well as civil society representatives.
The results of this assessment will enable to fine tune the activities in the
area of fight against corruption and money laundering, which will be carried out
in the second phase of implementation of the South Programme.
table on efficient task management and acceleration of procedures for the
Tunisian Court of Cassation
Within the framework of the South Programme, the CEPEJ has
organised a round table on “Efficient task management at the Court of Cassation
and acceleration of the flow of procedures” in Geneva, on 4 July 2013. The
President of the SATURN steering group on judicial time management, Mr Jacques
Bühler and the President of the working group on quality of Justice, Mr François
Paychère, as well as a Tunisian delegation led by M. Ridha Ben Amor, Prosecutor
General at the Court of Cassation of Tunis have participated in the round table.
This event is part of a process aiming at drawing up an action plan for the
Tunisian Court of Cassation in this field.
An introductory regional seminar on Conventions and Partial Agreements of the
Council of Europe is organised in Strasbourg
The Deputy Secretary General of the
Council of Europe, Mrs Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, officially opened today in
Strasbourg an introductory regional seminar on Conventions and Partial
Agreements of the Council of Europe. This event takes place within the framework
of the Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”
(South Programme) on 1st July 2013: representatives from Morocco,
Tunisia, Algeria and Jordan will attend.
The main purpose of this event is to present in detail accession
procedures to CoE Conventions and Partial Agreements by non-member States.
According to the needs expressed by
partner countries, other seminars will be organised within the framework of this Programme, with the aim to help these
countries progressively join the common legal area with the European continent.
List of participants
Participation of Moroccan and Tunisian representatives in the CEPEJ plenary
Representatives from Morocco and Tunisia attended the
21st CEPEJ plenary meeting
in Strasbourg on 20 and 21 June 2013.
Among other things, the meeting offered the opportunity to report on progress
made in the co-operation with Morocco and Tunisia to reinforce the efficiency
and quality of the judiciary, carried out within the framework of the EU/CoE
Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood” (South
Information seminar on European Institutions for the staff of the Moroccan
Within the framework of the
South Programme, an information seminar on the European Institutions for
officials from both Chambers of the Moroccan Parliament was organised in
Brussels on 19 and 20 June 2013. The seminar provided the participants with
important insights into the functioning of the European Institutions,
particularly the European Parliament. A working session at the Belgian Senate
was also organised.
Participation of the Directors of the Moroccan
and Tunisian Schools of Political Studies in the meeting of the Directors of the
of the Moroccan and Tunisian Schools of Political Studies participated in the
meeting of the Directors of the Schools, held in Strasbourg on 13-14 June 2013.
The meeting provided the opportunity to
discuss recent developments in the Schools’ Network, future activities of the
Schools and their participation in the World Forum for Democracy, which will be
held in Strasbourg from 27 - 29 November 2013.
of good governance: activities in Morocco and Tunisia
Within the framework of the South Programme actions
against corruption and money laundering, two activities took place respectively
in Morocco and Tunisia.
A workshop on the results of the corruption-related
risks analysis in the sectors of transports and health was organised in Rabat
on 13 June 2013. It provided the opportunity to present the results of the
analysis, as well as CoE methodology in this area.
An activity to strengthen the Good Governance and
Anti-Corruption Units with a view to three major sectoral analyses (customs, tax
authorities and real estate sector) took place in Tunis on 18 June 2013.
Tunisia: visit of CEPEJ experts
Within the framework of the
EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”
(South Programme), a group of CEPEJ experts visited Tunisia from 5 to 7 June
The experts visited the
regional and cantonal courts of of Zaghouan to study their functioning and, in
particular, to examine the processing of cases and the file management system.
Furthermore, they pursued their activities with the CEPEJ pilot courts, notably
the Regional court of Tunis (TPI) and the Court of Cassation. They met members
of the General Inspectorate to examine more closely the judicial data provided
by the Tunisian authorities, as well as the Higher Institute of Magistrates.
Finally a meeting took place
with the newly appointed Minister of Justice of Tunisia, Mr Nadhir Ben Ammou.
Morocco granted observer status at CEPEJ
On 29 May 2013, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of
Europe has accepted Morocco’s request for observer status at the European
Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).
Since last year,
the CEPEJ has been working closely with the Moroccan authorities to help
evaluate how the country’s legal system works and provide guidance on reform,
within the framework of the EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in
the southern Neighbourhood” (South Programme).
Seminar on the popular legislative initiative
framework of the South Programme activities, the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe (PACE), upon invitation of the Moroccan Parliament, organised
a seminar on the popular legislative initiative (Rabat, 15 May 2013).
allowed for an exchange of views between Moroccan parliamentarians and a PACE
delegation on the popular legislative initiative, focusing, in particular, on
different European legal models and practices and their possible relevance to
the Moroccan Parliament.
Morocco: Seminar on
The Venice Commission and the Moroccan Association of
Constitutional Law organise the 2nd Intercultural Workshop on Democracy on “The
new constitutionalism in the Arab world: the process of constitution making in a
changing environment” (Marrakech, 14-15 May 2013).
This activity will
bring together constitution drafters from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya,
Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen who will exchange their experiences in
the field of constitutional reform. Among other issues, they will compare the
approaches used in launching the revision of their respective Constitutions, the
procedure used for their elaboration and adoption and the implementation of the
constitutional provisions through new legislation. The Venice Commission
believes that such dialogue could be extremely useful not only for the countries
involved, but for constitutionalists in general.
This seminar is
organised in the framework of the EU/CoE Programme « Strengthening democratic
reform in the southern Neighbourhood », with a financial contribution from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and Hanns - Seidel Foundation.
Establishment of the
Anti-Discrimination Authority and the Advisory Council for the family and
childhood- visit of a Council of Europe delegation to Morocco
On 25-26 April, a Council of Europe delegation will meet Moroccan authorities
and civil society in the framework of the establishment of the Authority for
Anti-discrimination and Fight against all Forms of Discrimination and the
Advisory Council for Family and Childhood.
An interview with Minister Hakkoui is also planned.
This visit, which is funded
through the EU-CoE Programme "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern
Neighbourhood”, follows the request by Ms Hakkoui, Minister for Solidarity,
Women, Family and Social Development, for assistance from the Venice Commission
in the establishment of these two bodies.
The delegation will participate
in the meetings of the scientific committees created for this purpose, meet with
the Ombudsman of the Kingdom and the National Council for Human Rights, as well
as with representatives from civil society.
visit to national anti-corruption agencies in Europe for a Tunisian delegation
Within the framework of
the EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern
Neighbourhood”, a Tunisian delegation paid working visits to the national
anti-corruption agencies of France, Slovenia and Croatia from 8 to 12 April
The delegation - headed by Mr Samir Annabi, President of the
Instance nationale de lutte contre la
corruption (INLUCC)- was composed of representatives from INLUCC, the
Ministry of Governance and Fight against Corruption, the General Control of
Public Departments and civil society.
provided the opportunity to study the functioning of three agencies involved in
the fight against corruption, identify good practices and share experiences on
good governance and fight against corruption, as well as to develop the INLUCC
international network in view of further co-operation.
training for staff of the Mediators members of the AOMF
The Venice Commission
contributed to the 11th training session
for staff of Mediators members of the AOMF (“Association
des Ombudsmans Médiateurs de la Francophonie”), which took place in
Rabat, from 9 to 11 April 2013. The topic of the training was the “Processing of
complaints and means of intervention by Mediators and Ombudsmen”.
activity is funded under the EU/CoE Programme "Strengthening democratic reform
in the southern Neighbourhood”.
CEPEJ visit to Morocco and round table on the
notification of judicial decisions
the framework of the EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the
southern Neighbourhood", a group of CEPEJ experts will go to Morocco from 15 to
19 April. The delegation will meet representatives of the Ministry of Justice
and will discuss the implementation of the recommendations formulated in the
first CEPEJ evaluation report on the Moroccan judicial system. Specific
activities to improve time management in courts and quality of justice services
in the three pilot courts of Sidi Kacem, Casablanca and Agadir will also be
One of the highlights of the visit will be the round
table on the notification of judicial decisions, which will take place in
Casablanca on 17-18 April. The round table will be opened by His Excellency, the
Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mustapha Ramid. Representatives
from the Ministry of Justice of Morocco, the National College of bailiffs of
Morocco, the Bar Association and Pilot courts will assist. The aim of this round
table is to adopt measures to optimize notifications for the civil Court of
first instance of Casablanca, notably through the identification of primary
means of notification.
South Programme promotes democratic youth participation
interregional seminar for youth research experts (8-10 April) and a training
of trainers for democratic participation of young people (6-14 April) will
take place in Morocco. A common opening session will be organised on Monday
8 April in Rabat, in
the presence of Moroccan authorities and representatives from the EU and the
Both activities are organised within the framework of
the EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern
multipliers from youth organisations in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria will attend
the training course. The seminar on youth research will bring together experts
from the region and European experts, in view of promoting a better
understanding and knowledge about youth and its role as a resource in developing
societies based on democracy and human rights. It will notably address the state
of play of youth research and the status and challenges for democratic youth
The CEPEJ launches its co-operation
activities with Tunisian pilot courts
In the framework of
the EU/CoE Programme "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern
Neighbourhood", the group of experts of the CEPEJ went to Tunis from 27 to 29
March 2013 in order to strengthen its evaluation of the Tunisian judicial system
and its study of the processing of the cases brought before the courts and the
state of computerisation of the judicial entities in the courts. The experts in
particular held meetings with members of the Court of Cassation and the First
instance Court of Tunis in order to convene together on the follow-up which
should be given to this co-operation.
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