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

First Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Algeria, 19-21 September 2022, Algiers

08-11-2022 - 12:24
The first Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Algeria, 19-21 September 2022, Algiers was held in Algiers on 19 September 2022.
See joint declaration adopted below.

11th meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Morocco, 12 May, 14.30-19.00

05-10-2022 - 13:10
The 11th meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Morocco was held on Thursday 12 May in Brussels.
See agenda below.

Call for dialogue with President Saïed and Speaker Ghannouchi

10-09-2021 - 10:34
The political situation in Tunisia is worrying, with the country already seriously affected both by the health crisis and a persistent economic crisis. President Kaïs Saïed's decision to suspend the activities of the Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP) and to lift the immunity of all its Members illustrates the institutional dysfunction of the country.

We shall continue to follow very closely the unfolding of events, while maintaining our unwavering support for the democratic aspirations of the Tunisian people and our aim to ensure respect for the rule of law, civil liberties and the Constitution.

Fully respecting Tunisian national sovereignty, the European Union (EU) needs to live up to its responsibility to help the Tunisian people, to safeguard the precious achievements of its Revolution and to mediate between all parts of the Tunisian society, civilian and political actors alike. In this respect, it is essential to avoid any violence and to allow the institutions to resume their normal functioning as soon as possible.
We shall remain very attentive to the respect of the 30-day period after which the ARP will have to resume its normal activities. We also call for the strengthening of the EU's support to Tunisia in regards to the health crisis. Finally, we urge HR/VP Josep Borrell to undertake a mission to Tunis as soon as possible, and we call on EP President David Sassoli to hold talks with President Kaïs Saïed and with ARP Speaker Rachid Ghannouchi.