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Brussels, 26 October 2010

The EU agrees to grant Jordan “advanced status” partnership

On the occasion of the ninth EU-Jordan Association Council‘s meeting of 26 October 2010, the first ever European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Action Plan incorporating the “advanced status” partnership was agreed by the two parties.

Jordan has become an increasingly significant player, a regional actor and a key interlocutor for the European Union in the Middle East,” stated Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission.

The “advanced status” partnership will be based on the overarching objective of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the EU neighbourhood. The advanced status is building on the core values Jordan and the EU share, i.e. the rule of law, good governance and the respect for human rights.

Jordan is the first ENP Mediterranean partner country with whom the European Union has concluded the technical negotiations for a new joint ENP Action Plan which gives concrete substance to the “advanced status” partnership. “Today’s meeting of the Association Council clearly represents a new milestone in the history of EU-Jordan relations,” added Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle.

The “advanced status” partnership further expanded the areas of cooperation between Jordan and the EU opening up new opportunities in economic and trade relations via a progressive liberalisation in services and the right of establishment, facilitation of market access, progressive regulatory convergence and preparations of future negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, as well as reinforced cooperation with certain European agencies and programmes.

Background

Jordan and the European Community first established contractual relations in 1977 through a Cooperation agreement.

The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership inaugurated at the 1995 Barcelona conference established a policy with ambitious and long-term objectives. This partnership was reinforced in 2008 with the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean.

The Association Agreement with Jordan, which entered into force in May 2002, sets out in more detail the specific areas in which the relations can be developed bilaterally. On this basis, the EU-Jordan European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan was adopted in January 2005, for a period of three to five years. The ENP Action Plan supports the national reform process, articulated in Jordan’s ten-year national agenda and the initiative “We are all Jordan” which form the basis for Jordan’s National Social and Economic Development Programme for 2009-2011

For more information:

http://www.eeas.europa.eu/jordan/index_en.htm


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