Saadia Bensahli calls for the modernization of consular services and to provide them with all the human and material resources so that they can carry out their tasks

Deputy Saadia Bensahli, member of the Socialist Group in the House of Representatives, assured that “the national strategy concerning Moroccans around the world must be reconsidered, particularly with regard to consulates and the services provided by these institutions”. As part of her intervention to debate the report of the temporary parliamentary exploratory mission which visited certain Moroccan consulates in Europe, the Socialist deputy emphasized the need to modernize consular institutions and provide them with all the human resources. and materials so that they can perform their tasks and assume their responsibilities. She considered that this exploratory mission undertaken by the House of Representatives constitutes an unprecedented action in the national political field, specifying that it has seriously looked into the problems of Moroccans around the world. She made a realistic and tangible inquiry into consular performance and its limits, despite the efforts made and observed at the level of certain consulates during these visits. Saadia Bensahli clarified that the subject of consular services has always been a “taboo” and that this debate in the House of Representatives constitutes a fundamental constitutional moment to debate the reality of consulates and the problems of Moroccans around the world, stressing that lessons appropriate must be drawn from them, given the large number of MRE and Moroccan skills and executives living abroad. It should be noted that the report of the temporary exploratory mission of the House of Representatives pleaded for the simplification of procedures in matters of civil status in favor of MRE. The report of this mission, issued by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Islamic Affairs and MRE, also recommended using new technologies and remedying the shortcomings of Law 37.99 on civil status and of its implementing decree. The report recommended, in this sense, the keeping of a single paper register of birth or death by diplomatic representations, instead of three, the use of an electronic medium for issuing duplicates of the original register and placing in place of a central commission responsible for ruling on requests for rectification of material errors and omissions from Moroccan nationals registered abroad. He also pleaded for the granting of legal guardianship to the divorced mother with custody of the children, in order to alleviate the difficulties related to parental authorization for obtaining passports or the extension of the validity of the titles of stay for the children, to the adoption of the divorce by mutual consent rendered abroad, without the need to attach the enforceable formula by the Moroccan courts, while mentioning it in the margin of birth certificates, as well as the foreigner than in the Kingdom, as well as the extension of the validity of the birth certificate to one year, instead of six months for Moroccans of the world and passports, to ten years instead of five. Other recommendations include the assignment of an accountant and his assistant to each consulate, the promotion of listening services and the smooth running of the toll-free number, the encouragement of MREs to take out death insurance, the rationalization of resources. human resources, strengthening of infrastructure, designation of a magistrate at each consulate and the establishment of a unified organization chart for all consular centers. As a reminder, the members of the temporary exploratory mission made their visits to the consulates general in two phases, the first in Milan, Barcelona and Marseille (from June 9 to 15, 2019) and the second in Amsterdam and Brussels (from June 29 to 3 July 2019). In addition, ittihadi deputy Saïd Baaziz, on behalf of the Socialist Group, addressed an oral question to Mohamed Amkraz, Minister of Employment and Professional Integration, on the fate of a bill relating to occupational diseases. The member of the Socialist Group clarified in his question that “the response of the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs (the Directorate of Social Protection of Workers), within the framework of the remarks and the position of the Ministry on the observations and proposals techniques of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, concerning its opinion on draft law n ° 18.12 relating to compensation for industrial accidents (article 11), is as follows: “It should be noted that the ministry is preparing a draft law. law which repeals and replaces the provisions of the Dahir of May 31, 1943 (containing only 11 articles). It was also modified and supplemented by the Dahir of October 18, 1945, the Dahir of October 16, 1947, the Dahir of September 29, 1952, the Dahir of May 18, 1957 and the Royal Decree of October 22, 1966, and since this response goes back to 2014, and to date no project has been published on this subject ”. Saïd Baaziz asked the said minister to clarify the fate of the bill on occupational diseases, and also questioned him about the procedures that his ministry intends to undertake to speed up the process of adopting this legislation. H. T