The EU supports Jordan's moderate and stabilizing role in the region, paving the way for further political and economic integration and liberalization.
Since 2004 as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Jordan was invited to enter into strong political, security, economic and cultural relations, and share responsibility in conflict prevention and resolution.
Jordan is a partner country within the ENP. A joint ENP Action Plan [206 KB] , endorsed by the EU-Jordan Association Council, sets political framework for the dialogue between EU and Jordan. The Action Plan outlines a set of priorities that support Jordan's National Agenda and focuses on political dialogue and reform, trade, social issues and assisting Jordan to gradually hold a substantial stake in the EU's Internal Market. Jordan is also a member of the Union for the Mediterranean.
In October 2010, Jordan and the EU reached an agreement on a new EU-Jordan ENP Action Plan. The document gives concrete substance to the “advanced status” relationship between Jordan and the EU. "Advanced status" partnership means closer cooperation in a large number of areas, and specific commitments on both sides. The new Action Plan succeeds the one of 2005 and spells the EU – Jordan agenda for the next five years.
Within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Jordan is the first Mediterranean partner country with whom the EU has concluded technical negotiations leading to an "Advanced Status".
The EU and Jordan further enhanced their cooperation in 2012. Jordan has taken steps towards reform and is therefore included in the renewed EU policy with Southern countries. In February, the EU/Jordan Task Force was convened at the Dead Sea, co-chaired by HRVP Ashton and Jordan's then Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh. The meeting ended with an agreement to provide Jordan with 2.7 billion Euros in assistance and loans from various partners. Closer cooperation in the trade and business sectors was also discussed.