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Commission announces new support for education and renewable energy in Jordan
Brussels, 17 August 2011 - A new €71 million assistance package allocated today for Jordan will provide critical support to education, renewable energy and the implementation of the country's European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan.
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, said: "This new EC support will focus on two areas, which I believe are vitally important for a country's growth – education and energy. A 20% reduction in energy use is an impressive target, and I am pleased that the EU is doing what it can to help the country achieve it."
In education, the funding will provide new training for teachers, help to build new centres for special needs education, and enable children living in some of Jordan's poorest areas to have access to preschool education.
It will also help to improve the Ministry of Education's monitoring and evaluation procedures, through the introduction of a new education management information system.
In renewable energy, the support will help the country to continue to roll out its 2007-2020 energy strategy, which is expected to achieve energy savings of 20% by 2020. It will also support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Annual Action Plan, which will set up 'Twinning' programmes, amongst other things, where experts from Member States carry out secondments in the Jordanian Government to share knowledge and skills.
In line with the priorities of the two recent Joint Communications of the European Commission and of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy ("A partnership for democracy and shared prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean"1 and "A new response to a changing Neighbourhood"2), today's package constitutes part of the National Indicative Programme 2011-2013 for Jordan under which assistance for an amount of €223 million will be provided.
This assistance package focuses on three priority areas: renewable energy, education and support to the implementation of the Action Plan.
The following programmes will be implemented:
The Sectoral Budget Support programme will focus on the development and implementation of effective renewable energy policies. This will provide the necessary support to roll-out the 2007-2020 energy strategy, which aims to achieve the ambitious goals of 10% production from renewable energies and 20% energy savings by 2020.
The Sectoral Budget Support programme will provide support to the second phase of education reform. More specifically, the programme will focus on the improvement of areas which are less developed but crucial to the reform of the sector. These include the continuous training of teachers, the improved monitoring and evaluation capacities of the Ministry of Education, particularly through the implementation of a reliable Education Management Information System, and an enhanced access to and quality of early childhood and special needs education.
This project will provide various Jordanian institutions with technical assistance and twinning activities, which means a close partnership between an EU member state institution and that of the beneficiary country (including the provision of long-term seconded experts) in order to develop modern and efficient administrations.
Such support will help Jordan's institutions meet the commitments undertaken in the context of the EU-Jordan Association Agreement and ENP Action Plan, in addition to complementing the EU support to Jordan's reforms provided through different programmes so far.
Given the needs of the Jordanian administration and the requirements of the Action Plan, now reinforced with “advanced status”, these activities are steadily growing in importance.
This support comes partly from funds brought forward from 2012. A second package of support is in preparation and we hope to make it available in the autumn.
For more info
On the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP):
COM(2011)200 of 8 March 2011
COM(2011)303 of 25 May 2011