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Structure and Organization

The SEDM Process in brief

In consequence of the tumultuous experiences of the last decade and following NATO-led missions that aimed to build as well as to maintain peace and security in South-East Europe, a consideration for a necessity of a consistent regional cooperation mechanism in this region emerged in the international society. Hence came forward the South-East Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) Process, which began with a meeting of Ministers of Defense held in Tirana in March 1996, first of a series of meetings that convened the Ministers of Defense, Deputy Ministers of Defense and Deputy Chiefs of Defense of nations of South-East Europe. The activities undertaken within the context of the SEDM Process have developed the security of South-East Europe by three major ways: promoting regional cooperation and good neighborly relations, strengthening regional Defense capabilities as well as cooperation through collective efforts and last but not least, establishing links facilitating integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.

Main objective of the SEDM process is strengthening understanding and politico-military cooperation in the region in order to enhance the stability and security in SEE.

SEDM objectives:

  • Promotion of mutual understanding, confidence and cooperation among member countries
  • Contribution of SEDM and Multinational Peace Force of the SEE (MPFSEE) / South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) to regional and worldwide security and stability
  • Enhancement of the SEEBRIG interoperability and capability to deploy in peace support missions
  • Facilitation of SEEBRIG employment in peace support operations
  • Promotion of Euro-Atlantic integration processes of SEDM member nations
  • Implementation and development of the SEDM projects
  • Enlargement of the SEDM process with new members
  • Cooperation with International Organizations (UN, EU, NATO and OCSE)
 

Participating nations:


Albania


Bosnia and Herzegovina

   


Bulgaria


Croatia

   


Georgia


Greece
   

Italy

Montenegro
   

Romania

Serbia
 

Slovenia

 

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
(1) Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.


Turkey


Ukraine

     

United States
 
Observer Nations  

Moldova