17/12/12 - The EU marks the International Human Rights Day with a special focus on freedom of expression
Together with the Somali media sector, media stakeholders and federal authorities, the EU and its partners have organized, in Mogadishu on Human Rights Day (10/12), a Media Round Table to discuss the causes and the solutions to these problems, with Somalia continuing to remain one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to operate in.
The new EU Special Envoy to Somalia and former EU Ambassador to Yemen, Michele Cervone d'Urso, has been awarded the "Unity medal" by the President of Yemen. The EU diplomat was honoured for his efforts in consolidating and developing the bilateral relations between Yemen and the European Union. Michele Cervone d'Urso, who recently moved to Somalia to become the first EU Ambassador to Somalia, confirmed " the EU will continue to follow a "people's agenda" supporting unequivocally a flowering Somali Spring".
27/09/12 - The EU appoints first Ambassador to Somalia
The EU is gearing up its presence in Somalia by nominating the new EU Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d'Urso, as the first EU Ambassador to Somalia. The top diplomat, who assumed his duties on the 21st of September 2012 and succeeds the former EU Representative to Somalia Georges-Marc André, has confirmed to the Somali authorities that he will hand over his credentials during his next visit to the country and …
28/08/12 - Catherine Ashton travelled to Somalia
Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,travelled to Mogadishu on 27 August, where she met with Somali leadership.
The European Union Military Mission (EUTM), that contributes to the training of Somali security forces, has ended its third phase and has trained so far 2.300 soldiers and officersThe European Union Military Mission (EUTM), that contributes to the training of Somali security forces, has ended its third phase and has trained so far 2.300 soldiers and officers.
On the 9th of May, the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Republic of Kenya has celebrated "Europe Day" at ICIPE to highlight the EU's support for Research for Development in Kenya and Somalia
Education is one of the three focal sectors of EU support because it plays a crucial role in the fight against poverty.
28/03/12 - High level EU mission to Kenya and Somalia
A high-level EU mission highlights the EU's long-term commitment to the Horn of Africa.
02/03/12 - HR/VP Ashton and Commissioners Piebalgs and Georgieva in London for International Conference on Somalia
On 23rd of February, High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton and Commissioners for Development Andris Piebalgs and for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva will be in London for the International Conference on Somalia.
Women in Somalia face systemic discrimination and endemic violence, with devastating consequences for their lives. Despite difficult odds, Somali women have shown resilience. After enduring more than 20 years of war and hardship, of hunger and violence, of poverty and oppression, the country's future lies in their hands. Today is a special International Women's Day here in Somalia: women are finally looking to a brighter future, supported by greater stability in parts of the country and authorities attempting to rebuild the social contract between the State and its people. But we cannot rest in our laurels, women have yet to find their voice in society. Read more … [180 KB]
The European Union will assist Puntland, the North East region of Somalia, in managing the fragile and heavily degraded rangeland. With a total amount of 25 million EUR, the EU will contribute to reversing the desertification cycle by assisting the Puntland authorities in effective management of rangelands and by empowering 120 communities in the region to identify the conservation priorities of natural resources in their territories.Listen to BBC Somali Service: http://bbc.in/YYmU7MRead more http://bit.ly/XntcTo
12/04/13 - Dadaab: the EU enhances education opportunities for Somali children and youth in the refugee camps
The EU and its implementing partners have launched on 12th of April 2013 the Support to Education for Refugees in Dadaab (SERD) Programme. This 36 months EU funded programme aims at providing increased access to quality of formal, non-formal education and vocational training opportunities for Somali children who reside in the world's biggest camp. Read more [158 KB] Watch our video on this new education programme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l89Mw60hBk&feature=youtu.be
16/04/13 - Somalia values strategic partnership with EU
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon welcomed, on Tuesday, Francesca Mosca, the EU’s Director of Cooperation for Sub-Saharan Africa, to Villa Somalia to discuss the security partnership and strengthen bilateral relations.“Our relationship is much closer than partnership,” the Prime Minister said. “We are friends and I thank you for coming to Villa Somalia.” Read more [84 KB]
The European Commission has today presented the first Soil Atlas of Africa, highlighting a vital natural resource which provides food, fodder, fuel wood, reduces flood risk and protects water supplies. With full colour maps and illustrations, the atlas explains in a simple and clear manner the diversity of soil across the African continent and emphasizes the importance of this non-renewable resource. For more . . . [72 KB]
15/05/13 - First Europe Day in Mogadishu
Press Release [62 KB] President's Speech [143 KB] EU Special Envoy's Speech [134 KB] Conclusions on Somali Youth Roundtable [44 KB] Hiran news: http://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2013/May/29416/somali_youth_celebrate_europe_day_in_mogadishu.aspxShabelle news: http://shabelle.net/somali-youth-celebrate-europe-day-in-mogadishu/
Today, the European Union has launched the handing over phase of the Sheikh Technical Veterinary School to the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). The pioneer school specialised in animal health and initiated by the EU in Somaliland 10 years ago, will indeed soon become a regional centre of excellence within the Horn of Africa. For more . . . [47 KB] Video
The European Union's Political and Security Committee (PSC), the key body that contributes to define and monitor the EU's crisis response as part of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, made its first visit to Somalia on 12 June. The visit underlined the commitment of the EU to the new political dispensation and the people of Somalia, and the extensive support for the normalisation of the situation in Somalia both politically and in terms of security.
EU's Press Release [204 KB]
President's Press Release
On 4 September 2013, off the coast of Mogadishu, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Atalanta hosted the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on board the Dutch EU NAVFOR flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt.Press Release [244 KB]
On 23rd October 2013, the Puntland Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MoEWT), the European Union (EU), Adeso and CARE International launched “Your environment is your life” (“Deegaankaagu waa noloshaada”) initiative. The four-year initiative, that was signed in February 2013, aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity by improving rangeland conditions in Puntland, Somalia, focusing specifically on the Sool, Sanaag, Bari, Mudug, Karkaar and Nugaal regions. For more . . . [191 KB] http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Wararka_19/Dr_Farole_oo_daahfurey_Mashruuca_deegaanka_PL.shtml
Today, the President of Puntland, Abdirahman Mohame Farole, the European Union and its international internal partners, including UK, France, Italy and US, are joining hands to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read more [276 KB]
25/11/13 - EU boosts milk industry in Somaliland
Today, the European Union, together with its implementing partners ICIPE and FAO, are launching a new milk sector project in Hargeisa that will support Somaliland’s food security and local industry. Read more [230 KB]
09/01/14 - EU Special Envoy congratulates Abdiweli Gaas for his election as President of Puntland State of Somalia
The EU Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d'Urso, congratulates Abdiweli Mohammed Ali Gaas for his election as President of Puntland State of Somalia. Read more [236 KB]
In Semade town, I met one of the most vulnerable AFPE beneficiaries and maybe also the most inspiring: a young orphan girl that lives with her aunt, her only surviving relative she's taking care of. I sat with them in their hut. I could see they're extremely poor. Still, they offered me the only food they had and a cup of lukewarm tea. I was grateful. I threw away the pen and paper, and listened. Sahro Ahmed Koshin, Gender Technical Advisor supported by the EU - READ MORE [189 KB]
End of February 2014, stakeholders of the Education sector in Somaliland and Puntland held a "Joint Education Sector Review". This annual review is very useful exercise as it reveals every year how the sector is progressing and which are the challenges that still need to be tackled.Read More ...
Pastoralist and agropastoralist communities depend on natural resources for survival, but because of an increasing population putting pressure on shared resources such as grazing land and water, these communities are now vulnerable to food shortages, violent conflict over resources and the loss of their livelihoods. The project, supported by the European Union, supports them by reducing cross boarder conflicts and assisting them with disaster risk planning.
More on: http://www.disasterriskreduction.net/east-central-africa/rispa/en/
Video link: http://youtu.be/guIKWV2ETKs
Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93698096@N08/
Countries and companies in the Gulf region have been urged to invest in the Horn of Africa nation and contribute to its economic recovery.
Several dignitaries speaking at the opening of the Somali Producers' Conference & Exhibition 2014 (SOPEC), which opened in the United Arab Emirates commercial capital Dubai, on March 17 closing on March 19. SOPEC is a unique industry-led event linking Somali businesses in farming, fisheries and livestock to international markets under the technical support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization with funding from the European Union. Read more
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Today, the European Union Ambassadors met with the President of Puntland, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, and his Cabinet on board the French EU Naval Force flagship, FS Siroco to discuss key issues related to political, security and development cooperation, and to participate in a special session on maritime security.The event builds on two previous meetings held last year at sea with Somali Federal authorities off the coast of Mogadishu and aims to further foster the partnership between Somalia, the European Union and its member states. Read more [511 KB]
Today, the Federal Government represented by Prime Minister Abdiweli together with the European Union (EU) and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) declared Central Mogadishu free from all known unexploded ordnance.In a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Somalia and senior officials from the European Union and United Nations, a map showing 13 cleared districts of the capital city was handed over from EU Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d'Urso, to Prime Minister Abdiweli. Beginning 2010, the EU together with implementing partner UNMAS, systematically cleared Mogadishu of almost 1,000 items of unexploded ordnance which, over the course of twenty years of civil war, had littered the city, endangering the lives of its inhabitants. For more [274 KB] His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed attended a meeting with the EU and UNMAS.
28/04/14 - EU Military Committee strengthens EU partnership with the Somali Federal Government in the security sector
Today, General Patrick de Rousiers, Chair of the EU Military Committee, together with the EU Military Representatives of Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden met President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Prime Minister Abdiweli and the Somali National Security Council in Mogadishu to review the progress of the EU Training Mission of the Somali National Armed Forces (EUTM), to take stock of the progress made by the current SNAF/AMISOM operations, and to discuss broader EU cooperation in support of the Somali security forces. For more [239 KB]
07/05/14 - Somalia defines its priorities for new international and EU support to the education sector
Today, an Education sector conference was held in Mogadishu and was attended by representatives of both Ministries of Education and Higher education, regional authorities, the EU, other donors, implementing partners, civil society, private education providers and academia. The Federal Government of Somalia and the donors held a joint meeting to discuss Somalia's new priorities for the new EU funded education programmes. Read more [222 KB]
09/05/14 - Celebrating Europe Day in Mogadishu on 9th of May – a New Deal to rebuild hope in Somalia
On 9th of May to mark the 64th anniversary of the Schuman declaration and under the auspices of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, the EU and Somalia's partners celebrated in Mogadishu their joint partnership.EU Ambassador Michele Cervone d'Urso emphasized "Everything we do in Somalia today revolves around the New Deal and we hope to translate in concrete terms the aspirations of the Somali people. We have a deep bond with the Somali people transcending formal relationships. Our people and cultures are intertwined". Read more [241 KB]
EU –UNESCO pamphlet [474 KB]
On the occasion of Europe day, the EU Special Envoy to Somalia, has handed over to the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, a new "Scoping Study of the Culture Sector in Somalia", made by EU and UNESCO. He also announced the creation of 2 new EU supported cultural centres: one in Mogadishu and one in Hargeisa (see info attached).
The EU Ambassador reiterated EU commitment to strengthen Somali efforts to rebuild their cultural heritage. Read More ......
Today, the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, and European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, signed the country's first European Commission – Somalia National Indicative Programme (NIP) in the past 25 years following Somalia's recent accession to the Cotonou Agreement .Prime Minister Abdiweli underscored "Somalia is moving from the old Deal to the New Deal. It is not only the significant amount of predictable resources to New Deal priorities that will make a difference. It is the commitment of Commissioner Piebalgs to empower the Federal Government and support directly the core state functions through multi-partners funds that is a game changer. The EU can play a key role as a lever and catalyst for EU Member States to step up support to Somalia to deliver 2016".More Information