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Handover – Takeover of SEDM Chairmanship

The rotational chairmanship of the South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial Process (SEDM) was officially handed over from Sofia to Bucharest at a meeting held at the Romanian Ministry of Defence on 28 June 2023. For two years, from 1 July 2021 to 1 July 2023, Sofia was chairing the Process. During this period Sofia SEDM Secretariat, organized two meetings of the SEDM Ministers of Defence (in Skopje in 2021 and in Sofia in 2022), two meetings of the Deputy Chiefs of Defence (In Ljubljana, 2022 and in Rome, 2023), eight expert meetings of the SEDM Coordination Council (SEDM-CC) and of the Political Military Steering Committee (PMSC), which were held in Sofia, as well as a number of meetings, working groups and other Process related events.

Sofia Secretariat handed over to Bucharest Secretariat the electronic and printed archive of the Process and the official seals of the SEDM-CC and PMSC. Moreover, comprehensive presentations were made on the overall organization of the work, the current status of the Process and related projects, as well as on the results achieved during the two-year period of Sofia Chairmanship. The experts from both sides discussed a number of practical aspects related to the specifics and organization of the Secretariat's work and the state of the Process as a whole.

At the end of the meeting, an official protocol was signed between the two sides on the handing over and taking over of the SEDM archive.