The process of redirecting and strengthening the Mediterranean policy of the European Union led to the concept of an all-embracing Euro-Mediterranean Partnership which in turn provided the framework for the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean free trade area by 2010. The free trade area will be in place by 2010, with substance and geographic coverage issues to be completed over time. Nevertheless, there has been significant progress in both North-South and South-South relations.
Jordan was among the first Mediterranean Partners to embark on new association ties with the EU: negotiations were initiated on 18 July 1995 and completed on 24 November 1997, the date of signature of the EU-Jordan Association Agreement. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the European Parliament in July 1998 and the Jordanian Parliament in September 1999. The Association Agreement entered into force on 1 May 2002.Back to Agreements