Back from Jordan. Shared region, common destiny

Back from Jordan. Shared region, common destiny

I write on my way back from Jordan – a country that, in difficult times for the Middle East, is always a point of reference for its wisdom, its balance, and its capacity to mediate. For this reason, the European Union will continue to do all it can to support Jordan. With King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi we discussed the tensions in Israel and Palestine, the war in Syria, but also our cooperation to strengthen the Jordanian economy and support the communities that have welcomed millions of Syrian refugees through the years. In the last three years we have financed projects worth a billion euros in the fields of education, water, energy, and in support of business. Yesterday I announced an extra 20 million euros to address the needs of Jordanians who are particularly vulnerable, and we are ready to unblock the second 100-million tranche of our macro-financial assistance. Here is the press conference with Safadi. The European Union’s support is crucial also to help entire generations of Syrians and Jordanians, who will soon be called to play their part for the future of their countries. Yesterday I met 145 of these young Syrians and Jordanians, who graduated at the German Jordanian University in Madaba thanks to the European Union’s economic support. This is also an investment in our own future, as we all share the same region. Here is my speech at the graduation ceremony. This is the logic that shapes the European Union’s relationship with Africa, too. At the European Development Days in Brussels, last week, I met with the current chair of the African Union,...