Within the framework of the European project to support the Presidency of the Moroccan Public Prosecutor's Office, visits and seminars on the environment are being carried out in collaboration with Spanish forces with expertise in the field
Morocco is aware of the need to protect the environment, and the European project to support the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office, with the aim of establishing an independent judiciary for greater protection of rights and freedoms, is carrying out activities and seminars related to the environment.
Within the framework of these activities, 8 Moroccan prosecutors visited Spanish institutions to learn how different Spanish bodies work together to protect the environment and nature. The Moroccan delegation met with the Seprona of the Guardia Civil and the environmental coordinator of the Local Police. Several forestry agents from Valsaín showed them how they work, and also in conjunction with other bodies such as the police and fire brigade. They also visited the National Centre for Environmental Education (CENEAM), which promotes citizens’ responsibility for the environment.
In addition, an environmental seminar was held in Rabat, entitled “Proposal of recommendations to strengthen the capacities of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in environmental protection in accordance with European standards”. The seminar was attended by two specialists in the field: Katerina Weissová, director of the Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations, and David Smith, head of department at the Environmental Monitoring Office in Dublin. Antonio Vercher, Prosecutor of the Coordinating Prosecutor’s Office for the Environment and Urban Planning, represented the Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office at these two events.
At the moment, a work plan has already been approved in this area until December 2023. The plan foresees activities in different areas, including, among others, the strengthening of the role of the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office (Presidénce du Ministère Publique) in environmental protection. But also in other areas such as the monitoring and control of places of deprivation of liberty, guarantees of fair and effective judicial processes, improving capacities in the fight against human trafficking and economic crimes, as well as strengthening the institutional structure in the development of a communication and internal evaluation strategy.