Jordan: EU, 45 mln to support civil society and media

Fule, strengthening crucial elements of a democratic society

26 November, 16:31

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, NOVEMBER 26 - The European Commission will provide 45 millions to Jordan to support civil society and media as well as assisting the government in efforts to reform the justice and security sectors. The three new financing agreements were signed in Brussels.

    "The EU has already provided substantial support to Jordan in these areas. This signature is a significant step in further strengthening crucial elements of a democratic society such as as civil society, media and the rule of law," the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule, said.

    A first financial agreement is to support Civil Society & Media (10 million euros) and is aimed at strengthening democracy in Jordan through increased participation of citizens in political life and through building capacity for an independent, quality based media sector. The second agreement is to support the justice sector (30 million euros) to enhance the rule of law, judicial independence as well as the development of an efficient, transparent and integrated justice sector. The third agreement covers support to the Security Sector (5 million euros) aimed at reinforced application of the principles of the rule of law in the security sector that is based on accountability and transparency, respect and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    These agreements form part of the EU's bilateral assistance in the framework of the Annual Action Programme. Apart from this the EU is also providing extraordinary assistance to Jordan to help it to deal with the consequences of the Syrian crisis. For this purpose the EU and Member States have provided some 220 million euros so far. (ANSAmed).

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