Delegation of the European Union to Somalia

About the EU Delegation to Somalia

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

The EU Delegation to the Federal Republic of Somalia operates from the European Union Diplomatic Compound in Mogadishu. Part of the team are also hosted by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Kenya in Nairobi.

The Delegation in Somalia 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 Somalia.

Today the European Union has a population of around 500 million, is made up of 28 Members States, and is the largest trading bloc and development assistance provider in the world.

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

How we do it

1-The European Union is a reliable partner worldwide, taking its responsibilities:

" We commit to multilateral solutions to global issues, we project an alternative to protectionism and isolation , we advocate for human rights and democracy worldwide".


2- The European Union promotes an integrated approach to security with its partners:

"Ranging from conflict prevention, strengthening of resilience and development, as well as proper development of military capabilities".


3- The European Union defends a holistic approach to migration internationally:

"Putting migration in the wider context, from development to economic growth, stability, fight against criminality and political participation".  

Dear web users,

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

Somalia has come a long way. The people of Somalia have struggled hard and made great sacrifices to break out the cycle of violence and instability. We are proud to say that the relationship between Somalia and the European Union 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 remain with them for the future.

For the last years, the Somalis have taken their destiny in their own hands and the EU has acknowledged that by engaging with the Federal Institutions as well as with the Federal Member States and Somali citizens, 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 sum, the EU diplomacy has the instruments and the will to reach those positive "drivers for change" of the Somali society: from authorities to the public sector; youth, women, artists, sport people, media, religious leaders, etc. This will be our task for the next years.

Nicolás Berlanga Martínez


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