The speech of His Excellency the Minister before the Maghreb meeting20 February 2006
ROYAUME DU MAROC
Ministère de I’Aménagement du Territoire de I’Eau et de I’Environnement
The speech of His Excellency the Minister before theMaghreb meeting of 20th February 2006
“The role and responsibilities of local communes in implementation and compliance withenvironmental regulations in the Arab Maghreb countries”
Excellencies, Honorable Ambassadors,
It is a great pleasure for me to be at the opening of your expert meeting today and to welcomeour guests the Maghreb and foreign officials and experts who have graced us with their presenceand expert participation. Allow me to emphasize the importance of the topic you are about toaddress and analyze pertaining to the role of local communes in the Maghreb countries in thefield of environmental regulations implementation and compliance. The importance of the topicis quite obvious, in addition to its Maghreb and international dimension, from its concrete andpractical aspects because, as you know, everything that touches local communes touches thedaily lives of citizens, their concerns and the quality of their life. This is why I salute this choiceas it reflects and addresses one of the major concerns of the public authorities in the kingdom.This meeting is an innovative phase in a process that spans from the recent past and aspires to apositive future. As a matter of fact, this meeting is taking place in response to a recommendationfrom the seventh International Meeting of the International Network of EnvironmentalCompliance and Enforcement (INECE) that took place last year in Marrakech
April 2005).This meeting insisted on the importance of strengthening the process of respecting andcomplying with the rule of law in general and environmental regulations in particular in theGreat Arab Maghreb Region. This recommendation was based on the encouraging conclusionsfrom the expert meeting that took place as a side event of the Marrakech meeting; this side eventhighlighted the importance of integrating the Maghreban work into the dynamics of the INECE.And indeed, before 2005 ended our sister Tunisia hosted an international meeting on compilingenvironmental regulations and that meeting was an opportunity to further debate the importanceof environmental law compliance and enforcement in the Maghreb region; it was also anopportunity to prepare the Rabat meeting for the establishment of the Maghreban Network in thisfield.