The 11th EU-Jordan Association Committee took place in Amman on the 4th of December, where a two-year extension of the Partnership Priorities (until the end of 2020) was agreed in order to consolidate the partnership, as stated in the Council Decision report. This was jointly chaired by Zeina Toukan, Director of International Cooperation of Jordan and Erika Ferrer, Head of Division in the Middle East and North Africa Department at EEAS, and representatives from both parts discussed a range of subjects in the political, security, trade and cooperation area. On the just released report on EU-Jordan partnership, Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated: “The EU financial support to Jordan since 2011 has surpassed 2 billion € and I can confirm that the EU will keep working with Jordan to strengthen its resilience by creating opportunities, promoting entrepreneurship, to generate economic growth and attracting foreign investors.” He also seized the opportunity to recognise Jordan’s effort to host so many Syrian refugees. Later on 13 December, HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with H. M. King Abdullah II in Brussels to further discuss their renewed partnership, and Mogherini reiterated “the EU’s continued strong political and financial support to Jordan in facing the consequences of the Syria crisis”. Also on 5 december, Jordan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mary Kawar and Christian Schaub, Director of German bank KfW, signed a 30.6 million € agreement for the construction and the equipment of 10 new schools throughout the Kingdom, funded by the EU.
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