The EU and Jordan adopted their agreed partnership priorities as well as a compact. The partnership priorities set up a renewed framework for political engagement and enhanced cooperation. They were agreed in the context of the revised European neighbourhood policy and the EU's global strategy for foreign and security policy. Partnership priorities will be reviewed by the end of 2018.
The compact includes mutual commitments by which the EU and Jordan will fulfil the pledges they made at the London conference in February 2016 on supporting Syria and the region. The objective is to improve the living conditions both of Syrian refugees in Jordan as well as vulnerable host communities. Jordan currently hosts 655 000 registered refugees.
"Through the agreed partnership priorities and compact, we mark our common objective to work together in addressing the needs of our peoples by strengthening our already excellent cooperation, be it in addressing the impact of the Syria conflict or in our bilateral relationship. Jordan is among the EU's key partners, we cooperate in facing the many crises of our region. In view of the tragic events in Karak the day before yesterday, the EU is also more determined than ever to work together with Jordan in addressing the common challenge of terrorism and violent extremism and to sustain our cooperation on economic and political reform", said Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Partnership priorities in EU-Jordan relations for the coming years include: strengthening cooperation on regional stability and security, including counter-terrorism; promoting economic stability, sustainable and knowledge-based growth, quality education and job creation; strengthening democratic governance, the rule of law and human rights.
The EU-Jordan compact foresees an EU commitment of at least € 747 million for 2016-2017 including € 108 million in humanitarian aid and € 200 million in macro-financial assistance. The macro-financial assistance was agreed by the Council and the European Parliament on 14 December 2016. In the follow up to the London conference, the EU and Jordan have already agreed on 19 July to simplify rules of origin requirements to Jordan exports to the EU, provided job opportunities are offered to Syrian refugees, alongside Jordanians. Jordan will also make it possible for over 165 000 Syrian children to access education and increase opportunities for Syrian youth to receive vocational training.
The partnership priorities and compact were adopted by the EU-Jordan Association Council by written procedure on 19 December.
For more information, please contact:
Ms Reem Al Jazi, Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union
Tel: +962 6 4607000, E-mail: Reem.AL-JAZI@eeas.europa.eu