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Press release

Brussels, 25 November 2013

EU-Jordan: €45m to support civil society, media, justice and security sectors

The European Commission will provide €45m to Jordan to support civil society and media as well as assisting the government in efforts to reform the justice and security sectors. The three new financing agreements were signed today in Brussels by the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Fule, and Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Ibrahim Saif.

The EU has already provided substantial support to Jordan in these areas. Today’s signature is a significant step in further strengthening crucial elements of a democratic society such as as civil society, media and the rule of law,“ Commissioner Fule said.

The first agreement is to support Civil Society & Media (€10 million) and is aimed at strengthening democracy in Jordan through increased participation of citizens in political life and through building capacity for an independent, quality based media sector. This area has a special importance for the EU since no political reforms can take place without a strong civil society and independent media.

The second agreement is to support the justice sector (€30 million) to enhance the rule of law, judicial independence as well as the development of an efficient, transparent and integrated justice sector that is in line with democratic principles, good governance and human rights.

The third agreement covers support to the Security Sector (€5 million) aimed at reinforced application of the principles of the rule of law in the security sector that is based on accountability and transparency, respect and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

These agreements form part of the EU's bilateral assistance in the framework of the Annual Action Programme 2012. Apart from this the EU is also providing extraordinary assistance to Jordan to help it to deal with the consequences of the Syrian crisis. For this purpose the EU and Member States have provided some € 220 million so far.

For further information:

The EU's cooperation with Jordan: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/jordan/jordan_en.htm

Contacts :

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)


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