Europe Day in Mogadishu on 9th of May – a New Deal to rebuild hope in Somalia 9th of May to mark the 64th anniversary of the Schuman declaration and under the auspices of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, the EU and Somalia’s partners celebrated in Mogadishu their joint partnership.

EU Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso emphasized “Everything we do in Somalia today revolves around the New Deal and we hope to translate in concrete terms the aspirations of the Somali people. We have a deep bond with the Somali people transcending formal relationships. Our people and cultures are intertwined”.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia underscored it was an opportunity to look ahead and to draw on the common experience in building peace and stability and congratulated the EU for forging a deep and lasting partnership with Somalia.

The EU Ambassador also reiterated EU commitment to strengthen Somali efforts to rebuild their cultural heritage. “Culture is what we are: our identity, our history, our language, our values, our arts, the very core of a nation. Somalia has a rich and unique culture. This is a new beginning and we will open a cultural chapter in our partnership with Somalia”. The EU Ambassador handed to the President a Culture Scoping Study formulated by UNESCO and announced the building of cultural centres.