Report on the state of EU-Jordan relations: towards a stronger partnership
Over the past two years the European Union and Jordan deepened their partnership. As the country is faced with increasing challenges, notably due to the crisis in Syria, the EU stepped up its support to Jordan, strengthening diplomatic ties as well as economic and trade cooperation.
This is the observation of the joint report released yesterday by the European External Action Service and the European Commission on the partnership between the EU and Jordan for the period from March 2015 to April 2017. The report comes ahead of the 12th EU-Jordan Association Council, scheduled to take place on 10th July 2017 in Brussels.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini said: "The European Union and Jordan are strong, like-minded partners. We have deep bilateral relations and share the same views on key regional issues, from the Middle East Peace Process to the situation in Iraq and the Syria crisis. We confirmed very clearly at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region in April that Jordan can count on our strong support to face incredibly challenging times, where it has to respond to the aspirations of Jordanian people while ensuring a safe environment for refugees. The EU will continue to stand by Jordan in implementing its ambitious reform agenda, as well as to strengthen our cooperation in countering terrorism and violent extremism benefiting from Jordan's active and leading role in the region."
EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn commented: "The EU fully supports Jordan's efforts to promote inclusive economic growth that will guarantee prosperity over the longer-term, looking beyond the Syrian crisis, while we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the country in meeting its current challenges. This approach underpins the EU decision to make it easier for Jordan to gain access to the EU market and supports Jordan's efforts to address macro-economic imbalances, to strengthen democratic institutions and to ensure a business climate that leads to investment and job creation. We will continue to help ensure that refugees – and Jordanian host communities – have access to quality education and livelihoods."
Over the past two years, Jordan has played a unique role on the diplomatic and security front in the region, despite being severely impacted by the Syria crisis and accommodating over 650.000 registered Syrian refugees. Key reforms have been undertaken, particularly focused on the political and economic sphere. The EU has stepped up its support to the country, in line with the Partnership Priorities and Compact adopted in 2016, notably through increased cooperation assistance, political support and trade and macro-economic measures. Cooperation has been directed towards reinforcing the resilience of Jordan's people and institutions to face the current economic, social, security and migration challenges, stimulate an inclusive and dynamic economy and society, especially to foster job creation for the young people and women, and strengthen democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
In line with the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU-Jordan Country report covers the cooperation between the EU and Jordan for the period March 2015 – April 2017. The report refers to the intensive cooperation on the multilateral, regional and bilateral fronts on key topics such as cooperation on regional stability and security, improving macro-economic stability, enhancing EU-Jordan trade relations, cooperating on education and strengthening governance.
The EU cooperation assistance to Jordan for the reporting period exceeded €1.3 billion. This includes €200 million grants provided under the European Neighbourhood Instrument(ENI) bilateral assistance, focused on: Private Sector Development, Solid Waste management, Enhanced Democratic Governance, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; the leveraging of €392 million investments on water and energy in 2016 alone via the Neighbourhood Investment Facility; €367 million grants to enhance the resilience of the country and to mitigate the spill-over effects of the Syria crisis (including €166 million of humanitarian assistance) and €380 million loans by means of two Macro Financial Assistance programmes.
For more information:
- Catherine RAY (+32 2 296 99 21)
- Maja KOCIJANCIC (+32 2 298 65 70)
- Lauranne DEVILLE (+32 2 298 08 33)
- Alceo SMERILLI (+ 32 2 296 48 87)
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