Jordan-Italy Tourism Twinning: TW JO/12/ENP/OT/20

Strengthen the institutional tourism system
in Jordan by enhancing the capacities of the
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The European Union and Jordan in the last years have developed a deeper relationship for the establishment of economic integration and political relationships. 

This has been possible through the implementation of the European Union Neighborhood Policy (ENP) Action Plan, which seeks to enhance Jordan legislation, norms and standards to those of the European Union, opening new partnership perspectives, including Technical Assistance and Twinning projects, in which both parties cooperate.

In this framework, the Jordan-Italy Twinning project “Strengthen the institutional tourism system in Jordan by enhancing the capacities of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities” provides a significant contribution to the priorities of action contained in the EU/Jordan ENP Action Plan, supporting the cooperation between the EU and Jordan through the promotion of the ―”cultural cooperation and cultural exchanges in accordance with the principles enshrined in the 2005 UNESCO Convention”, and the promotion of concrete actions of ―”co-operation on cultural policy issues and in fields of mutual interest, including the management of cultural heritage and the development of cultural and creative sectors”.

Twinning projects under 
ENP framework are intended to help countries without EU accession prospects to bring their institutions in line with EU standards. Under the EU Financial Instrument for the ENP, experts from the administrations of EU Member States pass on their knowledge and experience to colleagues in the respective partner countries. A long-term expert (Resident Twinning Adviser - RTA) who works, assisted by short-time experts (STEs), for the entire duration of the project (usually for one to two years) in the partner authority and advises the colleagues in the partner institutions with regard to the implementation of concrete project objectives, serves as the “backbone” of the project. 

One of the key features of a Twinning project is the concept of mandatory results: both the beneficiary country and the EU partners commit themselves to work towards a commonly agreed result, which should be measureable and precise. 
Twinning is administered by the Program Administration Office (PAO) under the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  PAO is the central point of communication between the European Union, the EU Member State National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Beneficiary administrations.