In addition, the Kingdom signed an Economic Association Agreement with the EU in 2002, which paved the way for a more liberal movement of capital between the region and the Kingdom. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed in March 2011 between the two countries was denounced by Jordan last year due to a negative economic context. In 2000, King Abdullah II implemented a series of measures to accelerate the economic reforms that facilitated the Kingdom`s accession to the World Trade Organization. She said the framework agreement that underpins the JEC will strengthen bilateral trade and economic relations. Jordanian officials stressed the attractiveness of the investment climate in Jordan, which has signed several free trade agreements. While the Jordanian government has tried to redress its image in response to criticism from working and human rights groups, it has also reached agreements with other nations.