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Scientific and technological cooperation with Jordan

Jordan and the European Union (EU) have concluded an agreement to encourage, develop and facilitate scientific and technological cooperation. This cooperation is intended to contribute to the socio-economic development of both parties.


Council Decision 2011/348/EC of 10 November 2009 on the signing, on behalf of the Community, and provisional application of the Agreement between the European Community and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Agreement between the European Community and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.


The European Union (EU) and Jordan undertake to develop their cooperation in the field of science and technology.

Their cooperation is based, in particular, on the principles of mutual benefit and promotion of knowledge as a factor in economic and social development.

The implementation of the Agreement is managed by a joint cooperation committee.

Functioning of the cooperation

Cooperation activities may be undertaken by natural or legal persons. In this respect, the EU and Jordan must facilitate the free movement and residence of research workers in their respective territories, and the movement of goods intended for use in cooperation.

Participants established in Jordan may participate in indirect actions under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities. The European authorities are authorised to perform controls and audits on contracts and grant agreements awarded to Jordanian participants, with the support of the country’s authorities.

Participants established in the EU may participate in research, development and demonstration programmes and projects in Jordan. They shall carry out their actions with due regard to national rules and be treated equitably compared with Jordanian participants.

Cooperation activities may take the following forms in particular:

  • regular political dialogue in the area of research;
  • exchanges of scientific and technological information;
  • exchanges of research workers, engineers and technicians;
  • exchanges of equipment, materials and testing services;
  • research and technological development training.

In addition, the Jordanian authorities and the Commission shall exchange information on current programmes and on new cooperation opportunities.

Intellectual property rights

Rules concerning the protection of intellectual property rights and the dissemination of knowledge are laid down in Annex II to the Agreement. These rules are compatible with national and international regulations. They apply to knowledge generated in the course of cooperation activities, to scientific literary works and to confidential information.

Last updated: 26.06.2011
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