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SEEBRIG Triple Ceremony

On 26 August 2020, SEEBRIG HQ supported by Host Nation, North Macedonia, organized a triple ceremony in order to celebrate the activation of SEEBRIG, HO-TO of the Command and the 21 Anniversary of SEEBRIG in Kumanovo.

The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Stevo PENDAROVSKI, the Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Oliver SPAVOSKI, the Defense Minister Madame Radmila ŠEKERINSKA, SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairperson/Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Petro KOÇI, the Chief of General Staff of North Macedonia, Lieutenant General Vasko GJURCHINOVSKI, Deputy Ministers of Defense and Deputy Chiefs of Defense from MPFSEE Nations, Ambassadors and Defense Attachés accredited in North Macedonia, local authorities’ representatives, SEEBRIG HQ personnel and their families where present at the event.

Host Nation Representative, Defense Minister Madame Radmila ŠEKERINSKA, SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairperson H.E. Mr. Petro KOÇI, the current COMSEEBRIG Brigadier General Tudorica PETRACHE and the new COMSEEBRIG Brigadier General Aristeidis ILIOPOULOS delivered their speeches underlining the importance of the moment.

On this occasion, the SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairman expressed his gratitude to Greece for the strong support given by the Greek civilian and military authorities to SEEBRIG HQ since 2011, which contributed greatly to the success of SEEBRIG achievements. In the same time, he conveyed his deep appreciation for the outstanding efforts made by the Republic of North Macedonia in hosting SEEBRIG Headquarters in Kumanovo, which will be the “home” of the Command of SEEBRIG for the next 6 years.

SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairman noted that after 21 years of existence SEEBRIG is a successful story, as since its establishment, proved to be an effective and important tool for promoting regional security, stability, cooperation and fostering good neighborly relations among countries in the region.

He expressed deepest appreciation to COMSEEBRIG, Brigadier General Tudorica PETRACHE and his team for their tireless efforts to provide the most qualified and professional standards of all their activities and for their outstanding work to further ensure the success story of SEEBRIG. He also expressed his confidence that the new COMSEEBRIG, Brigadier General Aristeidis ILIOPOULOS and his staff will also continue the efforts to reach great achievements and wished him success in the future for SEEBRIG activities.

During the ceremony, the Commander of SEEBRIG, Brigadier General Tudorica PETRACHE was awarded by the Chairman of SEDM-CC/PMSC H.E. Mr. Petro KOÇI, with “SEEBRIG Accomplishment Medal” for his outstanding performance during his Tour of Duty.

In accordance with MPFSEE Agreement, SEEBRIG was established and activated by seven participating Nations, on 31st of August 1999 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (1999-2003) and was then hosted in Constanta, Romania (2003-2007), later in Istanbul, Turkey (2007-2011) and afterwards in Tyrnavos Larissa, Greece (2011-2020) and now is currently located in Kumanovo, North Macedonia (2020-2026).

SEEBRIG Farewell Ceremony

On 07 August 2020, SEEBRIG HQ supported by Host Nation, Greece, organized the Farewell Ceremony in order to celebrate completing of nine years Tour of Duty in Tyrnavos/Larissa, Greece.

SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairperson/Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Petro KOÇI, Deputy Minister of the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, H.E. Mr.  Alkiviadis STEFANIS, delegations from MPFSEE Nations, high ranking military officials from Host Nation, local authorities’ representatives, SEEBRIG HQ personnel and their families where present at the event.

Host Nation Representative, SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairperson and COMSEEBRIG delivered their speeches underlining the importance of the moment. On this occasion, the SEDM-CC/PMSC Chairman expressed his deep appreciation for the outstanding efforts made by Greece in hosting SEEBRIG Headquarters since 2011. He expressed deep gratitude to the Greek civilian and military authorities for the excellent infrastructure and working conditions, cooperation and strong support to SEEBRIG HQ during the past nine years. 

During the ceremony, SEEBRIG personnel were awarded with “SEEBRIG Accomplishment Medal” for their performance during their Tour of Duty. 

2020 DCHOD Video Teleconference Meeting

The Deputy Chief of Defence Meeting (DCHODs) 2020 meeting has been performed on 3rd June 2020, via video conference.

The Deputy Chiefs of Defence/General Staff and representatives from 14 SEDM member nations, SEEBRIG Commander and the Director of RACVIAC, attended the meeting, which was chaired by Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Petro KOÇI, Chairman of the Albanian SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat.

The SEDM Chairman and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of Romania, Major General Vasile TOADER, as a host nation, kicked-off the DCHOD's meeting and delivered their welcoming opening remarks to the participants.

The purpose of this annual meeting is to foster constructive regional political-military cooperation in Southeast Europe (SEE), in order to further strengthen peace, stability, trust, prosperity and security in the region.

The Deputy Chiefs of Defence/ General Staff welcomed the achievements of the SEEBRIG Brigade and acknowledged the contribution of this Brigade to regional security and stability, becoming a unique platform for cooperation and mutual training.

The representatives reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of this initiative through increased co-operation between member nations.

The Deputy Chiefs of Defence/ General Staff stressed that the SEDM initiative has strengthened relations between the countries and has contributed to their efforts for a common European and Euro-Atlantic future.

Finally, the participants expressed their appreciation to the SEDM Secretariat and Bucharest for their efforts in successfully preparing and conducting the annual DCHODs Meeting and to the SEDM Portal Technical Working for the excellent support given in order to perform the DCHODs Meeting through video-conference.

The Joint statement is available by clicking here.

2019 DCHOD Meeting in Skopje

 

The Deputies Chiefs of Defence from SEDM Nations and SEEBRIG, as well as representatives from NATO, RACVIAC and UNDP convened in Skopje, on 12 June 2019 to foster military cooperation in South Eastern Europe .

The participants reaffirmed their dedication to support SEDM activities that aim to further strengthen stability, security and prosperity in the region. They also expressed their appreciation to Athens Chairmanship for the efforts to coordinate many fruitful activities and extended their wishes for success to the upcoming Tirana Chairmanship.

During the Meeting, the 6th Additional Protocol of the MPFSEE Agreement was sighed. 

A Joint statement is available by clicking here.

2019 SEDM Ministerial Meeting

The South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) meeting was held in Bucharest on 16 October 2019.

Ministers and representatives from SEDM Nations, the SEEBRIG Commander and observers from NATO HQ, RACVIAC and UNDP participated in the Meeting. SEDM Chairman H.E. Mr Petro KOÇI and Mr. Doru Claudian FRUNZULICA opened the Meeting with inspiring speeches.

SEDM nations expressed their good wishes to the Albanian Chairmanship and SEDM Secretariat, as well as their deepest appreciation to former SEDM Chairman Ambassador Elefterios ANGHELOPOULOS and Athens Secretariat for their contributions during their tenure.

The Meeting also marks the celebration of 20th anniversary of SEEBRIG'S activation, a unique platform for cooperation, mutual training, exchanging of ideas and lessons learned.

The meeting focused on promoting enduring-peace, stability and security in the region of Southeastern Europe (SEE), as well the achievements obtained within the SEDM process. Finally, SEDM nations reaffirmed their commitment to intensify good neighborly relations, strengthening political and military cooperation, with respect to international laws, treaties and agreements. Finally, the nations expressed their appreciation to Bucharest for the tireless efforts in successfully preparing and conducting the annual SEDM Ministerial Meeting. The full joint statement is available here.

Message from Chairman Eleftherios Anghelopoulos regarding Athens Chairmanship completion

 

Dear Colleagues,

As we complete today our two years term of the SEDM Athens Chairmanship, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your enthusiastic cooperation, support and contribution to the fulfillment of the goals of our Ιnitiative.

With our work we have managed to accomplish our mission and promote the activities, vision and ideas of the Process, and have implemented the priorities of our program. Our common efforts were based on our fundamental principles, in full respect of International Law and with a view to strengthening stability and security in the region of Southeastern Europe and promote good neighborly relations.

I would also like to highlight the importance of the friendship bond that we have built together, confirming the words of Aristotle “friendship is essentially a partnership’’, the motto of the Athens Chairmanship.

Athens Chairmanship would also like to thank HQ SEEBRIG and COMSEEBRIG Brig.Gen. Tudorica PETRACHE, as well as the regional and international organizations engaged with the SEDM Process for their valuable input, continued support and active collaboration.

We present our best wishes to the incoming Tirana Chairmanship, for success in all their endeavors to the benefit of the member states of SEDM and our region.

South-Eastern Europe Simulation 2018 (SEESIM 18)


SEESIM-18 (South-Eastern Europe Simulation) Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) has been executed from 26 to 29 November 

2018. The event, the ninth of a series conducted every two years since 2004, was hosted and chaired by Ankara, as well as co-chaired by Bucharest. Ankara, Athens, Kiev, Skopje, Bucharest with Kishinev participated in the exercise, as well as SEEBRIG and various organizations as observers.

The aim of the exercise was to establish the coordination, interoperability and cooperation between the military/civilian natural disaster/center of emergency units of SEDM member states and to ensure the development of assistance procedures. Also through the effective usage of computer modelling and simulation programs, the states strengthen their joint intervention skills in case of regional natural disasters and crises by working together.

The SEESIM 18 Exercise was executed simultaneously with the Main Exercise Control Center (EXCON) established in Istanbul at Multinational Joint Warfare Centre (MJWC) and the national forward EXCON’s located at Athens, Kiev, Skopje, and Bucharest via use of web based communication systems provided by SEDM and simulation systems provided by the host nation.

All participants agreed that SEESIM 18 provided a very useful environment to test response skills in the areas of humanitarian aid of man-made or natural disasters and cyber attacks, as well as reinforce the interoperability culture among the SEDM member states and SEEBRIG by gaining the experience and lessons learned from the previous exercises.

SEDM Director Major General Achillefs TAOUXIS thanked the Nations and especially MJWC and 3rd Corps personnel for the successful execution of the exercise, as well as the warm hospitality.

2018 SEDM Ministerial Meeting

The South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) meeting was held in Belgrade on October 11, 2018.

Ministers and representatives from SEDM Nations, the SEEBRIG Commander and observers from NATO HQ, UN Office in Belgrade, UNDP/SEESAC, RACVIAC and RCC participated in the Meeting, chaired by H.E. Amb. Eleftherios ANGHELOPOULOS.

This event marks the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the MPFSEE Agreement and nations reiterated their commitment to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the SEDM Process through increased cooperation.

The meeting focused on promoting enduring-peace, stability and security in the region of Southeastern Europe (SEE), as well the achievements obtained within the SEDM process.

As the last meeting of the Athens SEDM Chairmanship, the nations expressed their appreciation to Athens, the SEDM-CC/ PMSC Chairman and the Secretariat for their efforts to coordinate fruitful meetings and activities, as well as extended their wishes for success to Tirana, being the Chair of SEDM-CC/ PMSC Secretariat during 2019-2021.

Finally, the nations expressed their appreciation to Belgrade for the tireless efforts in successfully preparing and conducting the annual SEDM Ministerial Meeting.

The full joint statement is available here.

 

40th PMSC - 39th SEDM-CC Meetings

The 40th PMSC and 39th SEDM-CC Meetings of the South East Europe Defence Ministerial Process, chaired by Athens, took place from 11 to 14 September 2018 in Athens.

Representatives from 16 SEDM Nations, the SEEBRIG Commander and an observer from RACVIAC participated in the Meetings, chaired by H.E. Amb. Eleftherios ANGHELOPOULOS.

The Meetings were conducted in friendly spirit and mutual understanding. Various programs and initiatives were discussed, aiming at fostering international collaboration and promoting enduring-peace, stability and security in the region.

SEESIM-18 Main Planning Conference

The Main Planning Conference for the South Eastern Europe Simulation Exercise (SEESIM) 2018 took place in the Multinational Joint Warfare Centre in Istanbul from 4 to 7 September 2018. Representatives from participating SEDM Nations and SEEBRIG had a fruitful discussion regarding the planning and preparations of SEESIM 18, a multinational exercise that aims to enhance cooperation and ensure rapid response and assistance in case of emergency situation in the region.
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