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 June 2019 that gives priority in the period to July 2019 to December 2020 to co-operating with:

  • The Prime Minister’s Office (Institutional Performance and Policy Development Directorate), developing its capacities to prepare and introduce regulatory impact assessment as a tool for establishing 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 will benefit from these reforms.

  • The Civil Service Bureau on the further development of competency-based HR practices, including specific support on:

    • the selection system for top positions

    • training of the members of the selection committees in the use of competency-based selection methodologies

    • the professional career system

  • The Jordan Institute of Public Administration, regarding induction training for new recruits and sessions on 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, specifically including the use of shared corporate services.



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EU Delegation to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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Xavier SisternasSIGMA staff member Xavier Sisternas

Country manager
Tel: +33 1 45 24 82 53


Angélique DartagnanSIGMA staff member Angelique Dartagnan

Project Co-ordinator

Tel: +33 1 45 24 79 92


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