AMMAN (JT) — A delegation headed by Antonio de Lecea, director for international economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, will meet with senior officials from the ministries of planning and finance, as well as from the Central Bank of Jordan, in the third EU-Jordan Economic Dialogue — a forum dedicated to the economic policies of Jordan and the Eropean Union (EU).
Discussions will focus on the implementation of the priorities in the field of economic and social development set by the EU-Jordan Action Plan expected to be officially launched shortly.
The EU-Jordan Action Plan will provide the framework for EU-Jordan relations for the coming three-five years. A jointly agreed document, tailored on Jordan's needs and aspirations, the plan addresses six areas: Political dialogue and reform; economic and social reform and development; trade-related issues, market and regulatory reform; justice and home affairs; transport, energy, information society and the environment; and people-to-people contacts.
Bilateral Action Plans, such as the one that has been finalised between the EU and Jordan and is now awaiting official ratification, will be the main instrument for the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy, an initiative launched last year by the EU to deepen and widen cooperation with all its neighbours, on its eastern and southern borders.
In addition to discussing various aspects related to the implementation of the priorities outlined in the economic chapter of the Action Plan, EU and Jordanian officials will also exchange views on fiscal policy social development and poverty reduction, decentralisation, monetary and exchange rate policy, and structural reforms.