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EU-Jordan Association Committee convene

EU-Jordan Association Committee held its 6th meeting with the participation of senior officials from the Jordanian government and the European Commission (EC) last Thursday. The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation Mr Nasser Shraideh, and Director of the Middle East and Southern Mediterranean Directorate at the EC, Mr Tomas Dupla Del Moral.

During the Association Committee a political dialogue took place on regional issues and national development in Jordan. The debate focused on the regional political situation in light of Israel-Palestine negotiations, Israel-Syria talks, and the recent breakthrough in Lebanon. Discussions then moved to topics such as the macro-economic conditions and bilateral EU-Jordan trade relations, cooperation in the sectors of energy, environment, and science and technology. Both sides agreed to promote the idea of a true regional partnership where Jordan is encouraged to take initiative to push the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) forward.

The EC pointed out that the Kingdom adopted important pieces of legislation in 2007. Jordan’s reform process can spark and inspire reforms in other countries in the region and can ensure long term stability for Jordan if it is based upon wide support and involvement of civil society.

The importance of the Action Plan was acknowledged as a very useful tool to guide both the dialogue and the EU financial assistance. The Action Plan is based upon Jordan’s reform objectives and the objective of the further integration of Jordan into European economic and social structures.

The EU expressed appreciation for the fact that Jordan remains committed to the objectives and actions laid down in the National Agenda and Kulluna al-Urdun and that its National Social and Economic Development Program for 2009-2011 builds upon these reform agendas.

The EC acknowledged that individual ministries are moving ahead with public administration reforms (such as Ministry of Environment with EC support) and encouraged Jordan to proceed with this reform across the public sector.

The day before witnessed the third meeting of the EU-Jordan Sub-committee on Human Rights, Governance and Democracy.

Marseille,07 08 2008
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