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News article18 July 2019Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

The European Union and Jordan launch a project to reinforce Jordan’s capabilities at the Eastern Borders

The European Union has adopted a new €6 million programme entitled “Reinforcing Jordan’s Capabilities at the Eastern Borders” to support coordinated response capacities of security and law-enforcement agencies in Jordan. The ceremony, held on 18 July at the King Hussein Business Park in Amman, was attended by Representative of National Authorities, H.E Andrea Matteo Fontana, Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan, and H.E David Bertolotti, Ambassador of France to Jordan.

This project, funded by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) for a total amount of € 6 million, was established in accordance with the EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities. It aims at improving the coordination and sustainability of civil-military operations in the Eastern part of Jordan, with the provision of a multi-agency logistical hub in Ruwaishid (Mafraq Governorate) and capacity building activities.

This hub will be a forward base providing critical logistical support to the Jordan Armed Forces, as well as the Jordanian law enforcement and security agencies present in the Eastern part of the country. Its strategic location, in the city of Ruwaishid, will enhance the national authorities’ capability to respond to any threats at the Northern and Eastern borders likely to hamper Jordan’s security (terrorist infiltration, weapon and drug smuggling). It will also contribute to the sustainable resumption of normal cross-border traffic with Iraq and to improve the humanitarian and civil protection response.

Mr. Andrea Matteo Fontana, Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan said: “This hub will complement the ongoing EU projects to reinforce the Karameh border-crossing point and to establish an effective and integrated border management in Jordan for the safe passage of goods and people”.


The project will be implemented by Expertise France, which is the French public agency for international technical assistance. Expertise France will provide its support to the building of the infrastructure and will provide training activities, working closely with the Jordanian Armed Forces and the relevant Jordanian law enforcement and security agencies.

Managed by the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) provides short- and mid-term assistance on conflict prevention, crisis-response and peace-building actions around the world. There are currently around 200 projects in over 75 countries. These IcSP projects are implemented by Non-Governmental Organisations, the UN and other International Organisations, EU Member State agencies and regional and sub-regional organisations.

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Publication date
18 July 2019
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments