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The EU and Jordan: highlights of a long-standing relationship

Ahead of The first meeting of the EU-Jordan Task Force held on 22 February in Jordan, the European Commission released a factsheet highlighting the milestones of the EU-Jordan long-standing relationship, reaffirming Jordan’s position as a key player and interlocutor for the EU in the Middle East.

 
For the period 2011-2013, €223 million have been made available for new bilateral support initiatives to Jordan's reform agenda in the political, economic and social areas. In total, the ongoing EU bilateral cooperation currently amounts to €393 million (including commitments from previous years).
 
The relations between the EU and Jordan go back to 1977, when the first cooperation agreement was signed between the two parties. Over the years, Jordan and the EU have consolidated their close partnership, in particular in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and of the Union for the Mediterranean. 
 
The current legal basis for the EU-Jordan relations is the Association Agreement which entered into force ten years ago (in May 2002). In October 2010, the relationship reached a new level through the “advanced status” partnership and the finalization of the new EU-Jordan ENP Action Plan which unlocked new opportunities for the development of our relations. Moreover, the preparatory process for the future negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Jordan will be launched in early 2012.  
 
The factsheet also gives an overview of the humanitarian aid provided by the EU to Jordan to help the country deal with the consequences of the influx of Iraqi refugees, as well as the emergency funds released recently to provide humanitarian assistance in Syria and neighbouring countries. (ENPI Info Centre)
 
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EU factsheet - The EU and Jordan: long-standing relationship
 
ENPI Info Centre - First meeting of EU-Jordan Task Force to support ongoing reforms in Jordan
 
EU External Action - Jordan
 
EU Delegation – Jordan
 
ENPI Info Centre - Jordan
 

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