Morocco : Administration Vs Citizens, here Is What Will Change Regarding your Rights

The administrative reform project is taking shape. In this context, Bill 55-19 on the simplification of administrative procedures will soon see the light. Indeed, the text, prepared in application of the royal directives in the framework of the reform of the regional investment centers (CRI), has passed the course of the Committee on Legislation and Justice in the House of Representatives which has just adopted it.

And since the project is not opposed by any parliamentary group, its final adoption is only a matter of time, the daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia noted in its weekend edition of 21 and 22 December. Concrete measures to simplify administrative procedures will now be put in place.

Under the new law, the administration will now be obliged to respond in writing, either by approval or refusal, to the user’s request within a specified period of time, which must not exceed 60 days. This time limit could be reduced to thirty days for requests that will be determined by an organic law to this effect.

Cases of refusal must be justified and communicated to the citizen by all possible means of communication. And any silence on the part of the administration after the time limit indicated by the law shall be considered approval. The user will be provided with an acknowledgment of receipt of his or her file, which will serve as a basis for appealing against a decision of the administration or for considering silence as a positive response after the appropriate period of time has elapsed.

Similarly, the new law allows users to file only one copy of the documents in their file. However, in case of doubt, the administration could request certified copies of the original documents. The bill, the daily recalls, has been approved by the government council, chaired by the head of government, Saâd-Eddine El Othmani. The text was presented by the deputy interior minister, Noureddine Boutayeb.

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