Royal Guard at the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V and his sons in Rabat, Morocco

Political situation A monarchy with democratic elements

Morocco is a monarchy with elements of a parliamentary democracy. King Mohammed VI determines the political lines to be followed. At the parliamentary elections in November 2011, which King Mohammed VI had brought forward because of protests around the country, for the first time ever a moderate Islamic party, the Parti de la Justice et du Développement (Justice and Development Party, PJD), won the most votes.  In October 2016, the PJD once again emerged as the strongest party in the parliamentary elections

In 2015, a territorial reform came into force, giving the regions more political responsibilities. In September 2015, the regional councils were elected directly for the first time ever.

Strategy for sustainable development

Government policy in Morocco is development oriented. The government's strategies and plans are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to implement the SDGs, the government adopted a Stratégie Nationale de Développement Durable 2015-2020 (National Strategy for Sustainable Development) in June 2017.

Relations with the EU

Morocco has close relations with the European Union. An Association Agreement between Morocco and the EU has been in force since 2000. In 2008, the EU accorded Morocco what it calls "statut avancé", opening the way for even closer political and economic association. At present, negotiations are under way for a comprehensive agreement on trade and services to replace the Agreement of 2000.