European External Action Service

01/29/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/29/2023 13:43

The European Union signs two Financing Agreements with the Government of Jordan worth €64 million

The first agreement provides €39-million to the "EU support to the Rule of Law in Jordan" programme in support of the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Council, Judicial Institute and Public Security Directorate. This financing aims at consolidating the rule of law and justice institutions in Jordan, their effectiveness, transparency, accountability and accessibility, in line with best standards and practices.

The second financing agreement provides a €25-million top-up to the "Green Growth" programme from the EU's Food and Resilience Facility (FRF) that will support Jordan with the implementation of its Food Security Strategy and Action Plan, and assist in addressing the impact on global food security due to Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine.

H.E. Zeina Toukan, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, extended the Government of Jordan's appreciation to the EU for these grants, stressing that the relationship with the EU is historic and deep-rooted.

The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation added that these grants come at an important time to support the development and reform efforts in Jordan and are in line with the economic, administrative and political modernization tracks, stressing the importance of providing additional grants and concessional financing in this regard, especially to support the implementation of programs and projects as articulated in the Executive Programme of the Economic Modernization Vision for the years 2023-2025.

H.E. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, the EU Ambassador to Jordan, commended the long-standing partnership between the EU and Jordan and underlined that "the agreements signed encapsulate the EU's commitment to continue engaging with Jordan in order to enhance two key sectors that touch the lives of every Jordanian; the judicial system and food security. Modernising the Justice and Law enforcement agencies will mark Jordan's commitment towards a human-rights and citizen-centred approach to justice and security, and will also contribute to achieving the ambitious objectives of the ongoing political modernisation, economic and administrative reforms."

The EU's "Food and Resilience Facility" aims to support specific interventions designed according to the domestic context and needs, and focuses mainly on the partners most severely affected by the impacts on global food security due to Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine. The Ambassador stressed that "this intervention is very timely and aims to support Jordan's Food Security Strategy and yield concrete results by, among others, facilitating support to vulnerable farmers to enhance rainwater harvesting and planting basic grains."