Press Corner

Press materials

17 September 2013 :

"Somalia is working hard to build a peaceful society. All those with a stake in global peace and stability have committed to support Somalia to achieve this goal. This is what a New Deal for Somalia is about", commented Minister Christian Friis Bach, co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding after the Conference.

12 September 2013 :

The Conference is set to build on the momentum of progress and change in Somalia

11 September 2013 :

Technical press briefing with senior EEAS and EuropeAid officials

09 September 2013 :

Important information for accredited journalists on the day of the Conference

29 August 2013 :

Catherine Ashton welcomed the agreement reached today in Addis Ababa for the establishment of the Interim Jubba Administration, 28 August 2013.

30 July 2013 :

His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon congratulated the New Deal High Level Task Force for the "tremendous work" undertaken, 17 July 2013.

Background Information

30 August 2013

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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