Sommaire: 7 March 2012, Brussels - The European Commission has decided to increase its contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The new funding adds to the continued support the EU has given to AMISOM since 2007 and will cover costs such as allowances, medical care, housing, fuel and communication equipment. The decision comes shortly after a major conference in London at which international partners discussed the future of Somalia and where the EU reaffirmed that stabilising and developing the country, together with the African Union and international partners, is an EU priority.
AMISOM is an African Union-led mission, mandated by the United Nations Security Council. The new EU support covers the period February to July 2012 and amounts to €67 million which brings the EU contribution to a total of €325 million.
The mission has been active in Somalia since 2007, supporting dialogue and reconciliation and providing protection to key infrastructures (e.g. government buildings and the Mogadishu International Airport) to enable the Transitional Federal Institutions to carry out their functions. The mission is also assisting in the implementation of the national Security and Stabilisation plan, providing support to disarmament and stabilisation efforts, as well as facilitating humanitarian operations, including repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons.