Somalia celebrates Europe Day with EU, signs first Financial Agreement as National Authorizing Officer

All around the world, on 9th of May, the EU family celebrates Europe Day in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration.

The European Union Delegation to Somalia and EU Missions and Member States were joined by the Somalia Federal Government and friends of the EU in celebrations to mark Europe Day at a colorful event in Mogadishu.

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EU Ambassador to Somalia Veronica welcomed H.E. Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Jawari as the Chief Guest at the Europe Day reception. The reception was attended by senior Somali government officials, European Union Members States, the EU’s civilian and military missions, Somali and international partners and friends of the EU in Somalia.

H.E Jawari addressed in his speech “The cooperation between the European Union and Somalia covers a wide range of activities, including political, economic and peace and security elements. Our relationship covers political engagement, development cooperation and policy dialogue, as well as military cooperation and support in the form of  Humanitarian Aid. We recognise the EU as one of the lead actors supporting Somalia’s stabilization and recovery. Our development cooperation currently covers several priority areas including, state and peace building, the revitalisation and expansion of the Somali economy as well as the provision of essential public services to the population”.

After the celebration of Europe day, Minister of Planning H.E Gamal Hassan signs with the EU the first Financial Agreement with EU as National Authorizing Officer NAO.

the Minister said in his remarks “Financing agreement for the new Education project.  This is one of a series of four new projects, with a total value of some 100 million EURO, that we shall formalise in the coming weeks. Significantly this is also the first time that a I shall sign a Financing agreement as National Authorising Officer, representing the Federal Government of Somalia, and on Somali soil. The government has noted with a degree of satisfaction the results of the Mid Term Review of the cooperation with the EU and the increase in the allocation that has resulted from it. We are looking forward to working with the EU Delegation, in conjunction with our line Ministries and Regional Authorities, in determining its use”.

EU engagement has intensified over the years, with the EU remaining the largest donors in terms of political engagement as well as in the provision of humanitarian and development support. Much of the EU assistance  to our nation is  provided indirectly, through third parties, but it is noted. Our  figures indicate that the EU has provided more than 1.2 Billion Euro to the nation over the past few years as grants for development activities.