EU official stresses support for Jordan amid reforms, crises

Maria Hadjitheodosiou
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN— EU Ambassador to Jordan Maria Hadjitheodosiou underlined the continued EU support to Jordan, within the framework of their partnership, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

At a press conference on Wednesday, Hadjitheodosiou highlighted the importance of the 14th meeting of the Jordan-EU Association Council, held last June at the Dead Sea, whose outcome serves and boosts the cooperation of and partnership between Jordan and the EU.

The priorities of the partnership with Jordan in the coming years include: regional stability and security, economic stability, promotion of good governance, democratic reforms and human rights, development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and water resources management.

Lauding Jordan’s reform in key sectors, she said funding will be directed to support the Kingdom’s efforts toward green and digital transformation, addressing unemployment, especially among youth and women, good governance, stimulating entrepreneurship, improving social protection, helping the most vulnerable groups, and keeping pace with political reforms.

Hadjitheodosiou stressed the importance of the investment platform between Jordan and the EU, which was launched on the sidelines of the 14th Association Council meeting between the Kingdom and the EU, in bringing investments to the Kingdom, noting that this platform is being followed up on at all levels.

She stressed the importance of the humanitarian role Jordan plays in receiving, hosting and serving Syrian refugees, and the EU’s commitment to helping Jordan shoulder the consequences of hosting refugees. She expressed satisfaction with the fact that Syrian refugees have started to return to their country.

The EU ambassador also touched on the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war on Jordan, and the world, in various sectors, underscoring the EU’s support for Jordan to help mitigate the repercussions and effects of this war.

Hadjitheodosiou voiced support for the two-state solution and stressed the importance of negotiations, noting that the Russian-Ukrainian war had repercussions in this area as well.

The EU, she stated, continues to make efforts to achieve peace and address the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority, pointing to UNRWA efforts to serve a large group of Palestinian refugees.

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