Jordan and SIGMA


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Status: EU Neighbourhood country
Capital City: Amman
Population: 8.1 million
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)


Relations between the EU and Jordan are based on an Association Agreement, which came into force in 2002. A joint EU-Jordan Action Plan sets out a political framework for dialogue and outlines a set of priorities that supports Jordan's National Agenda and focuses on political dialogue and reform, trade and social issues. In 2010, Jordan and the EU agreed on an “Advanced Status” partnership.

In December 2016, the EU and Jordan adopted Partnership Priorities 2016-2018 and an annexed EU-Jordan Compact. The Partnership Priorities set out the framework for political engagement and enhanced co-operation. They were agreed on in the context of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy  and the EU’s global strategy for foreign and security policy. At the end of 2018, the EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities were extended until 31 December 2020.

SIGMA, the EC and the Jordanian authorities agreed a work programme in January 2021 that gives priority to co-operating with:

  • The Prime Minister’s Office (Institutional Performance and Policy Development Directorate) and the Legislative Opinions Bureau, developing their capacities to implement the recently approved regulatory impact assessment (RIA) methodology and improve the quality of legislative scrutiny to contribute to evidence-based policymaking. The Economic and Social Council, the Economic Policy Council and the National Policy Council as well as all ministries and agencies involved in policy making and legislative drafting are expected to benefit from these reforms.

  • The Civil Service Bureau on the further development of competency-based HR practices and on the implementation of the new Civil Service Bylaw.

  • The Jordan Institute of Public Administration, regarding induction training sessions to implement SIGMA-supported projects and on management and good governance for secretary-generals and other top officials.

  • The Prime Minister’s Office providing expertise, reform recommendations and good practices related to rightsizing initiatives.



Related links


Country co-ordination


The Principles of Public Administration for European Neighbourhood Policy countries

Publications in Arabic

More publications


EU relations with Jordan

EU Delegation to Jordan

Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (contact the Programme Administration Office)

News on Jordan

EU Neighbours South

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Events calendar


Xavier Sisternas

Country manager
Tel: +33 1 45 24 82 53

SIGMA staff member Xavier Sisternas


Angelique Dartagnan

Project Co-ordinator
Tel: +33 1 45 24 79 92

 SIGMA staff member Angelique Dartagnan


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