This page provides an outline of the relationship between the European Union (EU) and Somalia in areas such as political, economic and trade relations, peace, security and humanitarian aid.
The EU is engaged in Somalia through a comprehensive approach based on active diplomacy, support for political change, improving security, development assistance and humanitarian aid.
Somalia undertook political reforms in line with the New Deal principles for fragile states, which were agreed in 2011. The New Deal (2013-2016) has guided relations between Somalia and the EU and other international partners. A New Accountability and Partnership principles are expected to be renewed when a new Somali government will be in place in 2017.
At the 2013 EU-Somalia summit, both parties endorsed the Somali Compact. The agreement provided a strategy for collaboration between the EU and Somalia. It sets out the five most important peace and state-building goals (PSGs) for the country:
1. Building inclusive politics
4. Economic foundations
5. Revenue and services
EU support and funding for these and other development goals are guided by the National Indicative Programme for Somalia (2014-2020).
A new National Development Plan, Somali led-Plan, was endorsed at the SDRF meeting in December 2016 by the international community and regional states except for Jubaland. Further steps need to be taken when the new administration will be in place on how to associate Jubaland.