(a) all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices between undertakings the object or effect of which is to prevent, restrict or distort competition; Morocco would like its interests to be taken into account when concessions and advantages are granted to other Mediterranean third countries under future agreements concluded between these countries and the European Community. 2. On the basis of the principles set out in paragraph 1, the Parties shall, where the circumstances are present, conclude agreements on the mutual recognition of qualifications. I should be grateful if you could confirm that your Government agrees with the above. Trade in agricultural products is covered by three bilateral agricultural agreements concluded between the EFTA State (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland/Liechtenstein) and Morocco. They provide for important concessions on both sides, taking into account the respective sensitivities. Each agreement contains specific rules of origin, usually based on the „fully acquired” origin criteria. With the introduction of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Union for the Mediterranean, Morocco and the EU developed and adopted, in July 2005, an ENP Action Plan outlining the next steps in cooperation. As part of the Neighbourhood Action Plan, Morocco has made considerable efforts to adapt to EU legislation and standards.

This should enable it to progressively exploit the opportunities offered by the neighbourhood policy and, in particular, to move towards a significant degree of integration beyond existing relations; These include Morocco`s participation in the internal market and progressive participation in EU programmes. This requires great efforts on the part of Morocco to create the necessary legal and institutional conditions. This ambition is reflected in Morocco`s advanced status within the EU, which is „more than an association, less than membership”. . . .