On March 29th, the 48th SEDM Coordination Committee (CC) and the 49th Political-Military Steering Committee (PMSC) meetings took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. This marked the fourth and final time Sofia hosted the meetings under Sofia SEDM Chairmanship 2021-2023, led by the Chairperson and Deputy Minister of Defence, Teodora Genchovska.
Fourteen SEDM member states were represented at the meetings, including the Commander of SEEBRIG. Delegates from international organizations, such as RACVIAC and UNDP/SEESAC, were also present. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence participated in the meetings through virtual means.
During the meeting, Deputy Minister Genchovska emphasized the significance of vigilance against destabilizing factors and the necessity for ongoing cooperation to maintain regional stability and prosperity. The discussions addressed the activities carried out since the previous expert meetings in September 2022, as presented by the SEDM Secretariat and the Commander of the SEEBRIG Multinational Brigade. Additionally, participants discussed the program and agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Deputy Chiefs of Defence of South East Europe in June, the transfer of SEEBRIG command from Greece to Albania, and the handover of SEDM Chairmanship from Sofia to Bucharest.