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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:


Bosnia and Herzegovina













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




United States
Observer Nations