EU agrees to grant Jordan advanced status partnership
26 octobre 2010
The European Union has agreed 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.
A European Commission press release said the ‘advanced status’ partnership would 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 which the EU 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,” said 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. (ENPI Info Centre)
Ninth EU-Jordan Association Council – Statement by the European Union
Ninth EU-Jordan Association Council – photo gallery
External Relations – Jordan
EU Delegation – Jordan
ENPI Info Centre webspage – Jordan