Delegation of the European Union to Somalia

Remarks by the EU Chargé d'Affaires Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz on the Occasion of the Europe Day 2018 Celebrations in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 14/05/2018 - 13:46, UNIQUE ID: 180514_13
Speeches of the Ambassador

Dear Prime Minister, Excellencies, Colleagues, Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for joining us today in the celebration of the Europe day. We are thrilled that we are able to host you in our new premises in Mogadishu.

Until very recently, the presence of the European Union in Somalia was ensured by our military and maritime missions: EUTM, EU CAP and ATALANTA, who are doing a remarkable job working alongside Somalis to strengthen the SNA, maritime security and fighting piracy off the Somali coast. Since this year, the EU also has a political and diplomatic footprint in Somalia, bringing us even closer to the Somali people.

Sixty-eight years ago today, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, launching an ambitious and remarkable project which has shaped the course of European history and redefined Europe's place in the world.

This project – of peace, of partnership, of shared values and solidarity – is far from over. In today's world, the European Union is more indispensable than ever.

It is indispensable for our citizens, who need economic growth, jobs, security, opportunities and rights.

And our citizens know very well that, in a global world, we can only achieve results if we stand united, as the European Union.

The same is true for our partners – all those who want to work in a cooperative way to strengthen multilateralism, peace, sustainable development, free and fair trade, human rights and democracy. United, we stand with you.

Somalia is a partner of the European Union. And Somalia can count on the European Union to be a predictable, long-term and trusted partner. We have stood with our Somali friends in the past; we stand with you today; and you can count on us tomorrow and beyond.

Just as 68 years ago an ambitious and remarkable project was launched in Europe bringing peace, stability and prosperity, we believe that Somalia today is on the way of ushering into a new era. It is doing so through an ambitious and remarkable reform agenda championed by the Federal Government, and through a young generation of Somalis full of aspirations and wishing a better future.

These reform efforts have been recently commended by the international community in Washington and Brussels. It is a reform agenda worthwhile supporting, and one we look forward to continue discussing with all of you as we start preparations for the next Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels next 25 and 26 June.

Let me finish by echoing a few words that the Prime Minister said last week in Brussels, and which resonated with all the audience: let us look at Somalia not by what it has been, but by what it can become.


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