Question for written answer E-008849/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Budget draft meeting for 2016 – Somalia
During the budget draft meeting for 2016, the point was raised in relation to having an EU delegation in Somalia. Please provide information relating to how much money this is costing the taxpayer and for how long will this delegation be based in Somalia. Can the Commission confirm the cost and duration of the delegation?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini
on behalf of the Commission
The European External Action Service (EEAS) is currently working on technical and budgetary details of the establishment of the EU Delegation in Somalia, with the aim of providing the Committee on Budgets (COBU) with a detailed financial statement and to submit by autumn 2015 a building file in accordance with Art 203 of the Financial Regulation. The Federal Government of Somalia has made available a plot of land for 10 years for the EU delegation in the Mogadishu International Airport secure zone. Security situation permitting the EU delegation would be established for an indefinite duration with the aim of eventually moving into Mogadishu city.
The EEAS is making all efforts to keep costs as low as possible, while working towards the highest standards of security. The current arrangements for EU’s presence in Somalia nevertheless do not provide political visibility proportionate to the level of its engagement in and with the country, nor the ability to deliver all the EU objectives supporting the country’s transition to a stable, plural and developing democracy. An EU permanent presence in Mogadishu would ensure direct engagement both with Somali Federal Institutions and with the growing number of other international actors present there – the United Nations and the African Union have a long established presence; UK, China, UAE, Turkey have already established their embassies recently and the US announced re-opening an embassy earlier this year.