EU-Jordan Association Council: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 19/12/2012 First transmission: 19/12/2012
The 10th EU-Jordan Association Council was held today in Brussels.
The two sides discussed the latest progress in Jordan's reform process. They signed today the protocol to the Association Agreement allowing Jordan to participate in EU's programmes, and reviewed the EU-Jordan European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan (‘the ENP Action Plan’).
They also talked about regional issues, like the Syrian conflict and the Middle East Peace Process. At the press conference, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs, told journalists that the EU commended the Jordanian authorities for their significant efforts to support those fleeing the violence in Syria.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs, saying that the EU remains a very strong support of Jordan's political reforms reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and the respect of human rights. The EU encouraged Jordan to pursue these efforts paving the way to more consensus-based initiatives.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) by Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis saying that following the invitation of the Jordanian independent electoral commission, the EU will deploy an EU electoral observation mission in view of the legislative elections scheduled for January 23rd 2013.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis on Syria, saying that the EU acknowledges the very difficult situation in Jordan regarding the influx of refugees from Syria. The EU commends the Jordanian authorities for their significant efforts to support those fleeing the violence in Syria.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, saying that today the European Commission announced a new programme worth € 10 million which will provide additional support for sustainable, inclusive growth and economic development in Jordan, particularly supporting SMEs. This is to help creating jobs and income generating opportunities in export industries.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Štefan Füle saying that this should be seen as a further sign of support and encouragement to the continuation of the political and economic reform process.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Nasser Judeh, Jordanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Syria, saying that he believes Lakhdar Brahimi (UN-Arab League mediator in Syria) is empowered and enjoys the support of the international community. Jordanian authorities will cooperate with him. His ideas are very much in line with Jordan's position, which is an end of violence, and concurrent to that, a transition and an all inclusive political solution which will give Syria the chance to rebuild the country.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Nasser Judeh on the Middle East peace process, saying that the region will only prosper once there is peace. Peace can only be acquired through negotiations that will lead to the implementation of the two-State solution whereby an independent sovereign territorial and viable Palestinian State based on 1967 borders, and will lead to security not just for Israel and Palestine but for the entire region.