The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Jordan worth up to €500 million. The proposed financial assistance aims to provide support to the ambitious Jordanian reform agenda, promoting jobs, growth and investment for the benefit of the people of Jordan.
The new programme would build on the two previous MFA programmes through which the EU has disbursed a total of €380 million to Jordan since 2011.
A recent evaluation on the implementation of MFA operations concluded that the first MFA programme was relevant to Jordan's economic challenges and in line with the EU's priorities. The evaluation also found that the programme was implemented efficiently and in close coordination with the Jordanian authorities, helped preserve macro-economic stability, and had a positive social impact.
MFA funds are made available in the form of low-interest, long-term loans. Disbursements under the proposed programme would be strictly conditional on the implementation of specific policy conditionality to be agreed between the EU and Jordan, and set out in a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Commission's proposal for a third MFA programme with Jordan is subject to the approval of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU under the ordinary legislative procedure.