Delegation of the European Union to Somalia

About the EU Delegation to Somalia

12/05/2016 - 17:35
About us - structure and organisation

The Somalia Delegation operates within the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kenya. It was created in 1993 pursuant to two related occurrences: the closure of the Delegation of the European Commission in Mogadishu brought about as a result of security concerns of employees particularly in view of the outbreak of civil war and the decision taken by the European Commission to appoint a Special Envoy for Somalia.

Starting from 1 December 2009 with the Lisbon Treaty entering into force, the Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Kenya is transformed into the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kenya. The Somalia Delegation continues to operate within it.

The Delegation in Kenya is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world. It has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents the European Union in Kenya.

The institutions of the European Union are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. On 1 January 2007 the European Union completed its fifth enlargement that had started in May 2004. Today the European Union is made up of 28 Members States, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world.

The Delegation's mandate includes the following

  • To promote the political and economic relations between Somalia and the European Union by maintaining extensive relations with Somali counterparts and by increasing awareness of the EU, its institutions and its programmes;
  • To inform the public of the development of the EU and to explain individual EU policies;
  • To participate in the implementation of the European Union's assistance programmes

Dear web users,

I would like to warmly welcome you to this website on the EU activities in Somalia.

Somalia has come a long way. The people of Somalia have struggled hard and made great sacrifices to break out of the cycle of violence and instability. We are proud to say that the relationship between the European Union and Somalia has helped to lay the foundations for this progress. We have stood by the Somali people for the last twenty years and we commit to standing with the people for the future.

With the adoption of a provisional Constitution and the appointment of a new Somali leadership, the Somalis have taken their destiny in their own hands and the EU has acknowledges that by engaging in a regular dialogue, with the Federal Institutions as well as with the regional authorities, on a renewed partnership in respect of Somali ownership. 

On this website, you will see how the EU has set up a wide range of instruments embedded in an overall comprehensive strategy based on four pillars:

1. POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT, to support directly Somali led national strategies as part of the Transition compact;

2. SECURITY, to create an environment conducive to governance by supporting AMISOM and the Somali Police Force, and by complementing these with 3 integrated CSDP missions: the Military Training Mission (EUTM) to support the Somali security forces, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) operation “Atalanta” to fight piracy at sea, and the EUCAP NESTOR mission to develop regional maritime capacity;

3. DEVELOPMENT, to develop statebuilding, peacebuilding, resilience and education with an envelope of more than 500 million EUR;

4. HUMANITARIAN AID, to help Somalis to cope with 2 decades of conflict, cycles of drought and flooding, famine and malnutrition and a tremendous lack of health services;

In order to help Somalia to emerge from its current fragile situation, the EU is organising a conference in Brussels this autumn, which will come up with a "Transitional Compact" as part of Somalia's New Deal Process that will help to deliver political, security and development support. This will bring together the international community and will offer support for the people of Somalia in ways that best serve their interests. Our teams are working hard to prepare this event in order to achieve a practical and durable solution for Somalia.


Acting Head Of Delegation to Somalia/EU Chargé d’Affaires

Fulgencio GARRIDO-RUIZ   

Personal Assistant to the Head of Delegation to Somalia/Head of Administration


Head of Political, Press & Information Section


Head of Cooperation


Head of Section, Peace Building, Democratisation and Security Sector Reform

Thomas Kirchner

Head of Section, Resilience, Infrastructure and Productive Sector Development Section

Hjordis D'Agostino Ogendo

Head of Section, Public Sector Development and Social Sector Section

Olivier Louis

Head of Finance and Contracts 



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