EU Relations with Somalia

The EU is engaged in Somalia through active diplomacy and support to the political process, security support, development assistance and humanitarian aid.

The engagement of the EU Special Envoy and the Delegation team, jointly with the efforts of the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, should allow the EU to accompany the new political dispensation and to develop a close partnership with all the Somali stakeholders. The completion of the transition and the appointment of the new Somali leadership have indeed led the EU to engage in a regular dialogue with the Federal Institutions as well as with the regional authorities on a renewed partnership in respect of Somali ownership.

Under the EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), the EU has also launched 3 missions to contribute to security challenges: (1) the Military Training Mission (EUTM) to support the Somali security forces, (2) the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) operation “Atalanta” to fight piracy at sea, (3) the EUCAP NESTOR to develop regional maritime capacity of states in the Horn.

Moreover, the EU is Somalia’s main development partner. More than half of the EU’s total assistance focuses on development aid and more particularly on governance, education and economic development.

Through this set of instruments that constitutes a wide and comprehensive approach, the EU is the largest donor to Somalia with more than 1 billion euros over several years.

Example of EU Development Cooperation with Somalia: Girl-friendly Spaces in Somalia

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