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Sofia Chairmanship Exhibition

On the 1st of July 2021, Sofia took over the rotational chairmanship of the South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial Process (SEDM) for the period 2021-2023. On the occasion of the present Chairmanship the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria opened an exhibition. This exhibition in a retrospective highlights the contribution of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Defence to the SEDM process. It also captures important moments from the previous Sofia Chairmanship term in 2009, as well as the active participation of the political and military leadership in different SEDM activities that are an integral part of this important for the regional security format.

Sofia Secretariat Inauguration Ceremony

From July 1, 2021, Bulgaria takes over the rotating chairmanship of the Southeast European Defense Ministers' Meeting (SEDM) process. Over the next two years, the Ministry of Defense will coordinate and organize activities within the framework of the multinational regional initiative.A  Secretariat within Bilateral and Regional Cooperation Department has been established to fulfill the commitments.

During the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Defense Minister Plamen YORDANOV, who will serve as Chairman of the Process, wished successful and fruitful work in implementing the upcoming tasks.

Bulgaria is an active participant in this forum and is chairing the Process for the second time, as the first term was fulfilled in the period 2009-2011. The official HO – TO ceremony will take place in Kumanovo(Republic of Northern Macedonia) at the end of August, when the 22nd anniversary of the Southeast Europe Brigade will be marked.

Official HO-TO Coordination Meeting of SEDM Secretariat in Sofia

From 1st of July 2021, Bulgaria will take over the Chairmanship of the South-Eastern Defense Ministerial Initiative for a two-year period (2021-2023).

In connection with these preparations for the Hand Over of the duties and responsibilities of the SEDM Chairmanship, the Secretariat of SEDM Chairmanship, held by Albania during 2019-2021, visited Sofia on 15-18 June 2021. The Albanian delegation was led by the Director of the SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat, Mr. Gjergji METHOXHA.

The purpose of this visit was to conduct the HO-TO Coordination Meeting among two Secretariats, focusing the discussions on SEDM Meetings procedural details of chairing the SEDM Secretariat and on SEDM Secretariat’s priorities, work and accomplishments, as well as discussions on SEDM Secretariat HO-TO Ceremony in Kumanovo/North Macedonia and the Handover to the incoming Bulgarian Chairmanship of the SEDM Archive (Hard Copy – Electronic), Secretariat Materials (Flags, Stamps, Logos) and Use of Portal/E-mail Services.

The Hand Over-Take Over Coordination Meeting of the SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat conducted in Sofia without any doubt was a completion of a successful Meeting, which was made possible thanks to the excellent cooperation and support by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Director of the SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat, Mr. Gjergji METHOXHA expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Brigadier General Radostin ILIEV, Director for Defense Policy and Planning and to Mrs. Daniela GRIGOROVA, new Director of SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat for a harmonious and fruitful cooperation and the warm hospitality.

He extended its full cooperation to the incoming Bulgarian SEDM Chairmanship and presented best wishes to the new SEDM Chairmanship for success in all their endeavors to the benefit of the Member Nations of SEDM and for our region.

The Official Ceremony of the Hand Over – Take Over of South-East Europe Defense Ministerial Coordination Committee/ Political-Military Steering Committee (SEDM-CC/PMSC) Chairmanship will be held together with the 22th SEEBRIG Anniversary Ceremony on 26th August 2021 in Kumanovo, North Macedonia.

Visit of SEDM-CC/PMSC Albanian Chairmanship Secretariat to SEEBRIG HQ

On 15 June 2021, the Delegation of SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat, led by the Director of the SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat, Mr. Gjergji METHOXHA, visited SEEBRIG HQ in Camp “Boro Menkov” in Kumanovo, North Macedonia.

 

During the visit, the SEDM Secretariat had an Office Call with the Commander of SEEBRIG HQ, Brigadier General Aristeidis ILIOPOULOS. The focus of discussions was about SEEBRIG’s main current activities and the scheduled future activities, respectively the Official Ceremonies of the Hand Over – Take Over of South-East Europe Defense Ministerial Coordination Committee/ Political-Military Steering Committee (SEDM-CC/PMSC) Chairmanship and of the 22th SEEBRIG Anniversary, which will be held on 26th August 2021, in Kumanovo, North Macedonia.

The Delegation had a Tour in the working areas of SEEBRIG HQ to get insights on the Brigade’s daily battle rhythm, procedures and functions. They visited SEEBRIG HQ Tactical Operations Center, physical training facilities and other facilities of the Brigade.

The Director of the SEDM-CC/PMSC Secretariat, Mr. Gjergji METHOXHA expressed his appreciation to the Commander of SEEBRIG HQ, Brigadier General Aristeidis ILIOPOULOS and his team at SEEBRIG Headquarters for their tireless efforts to provide the most qualified and professional standards to all of our activities and for their immense efforts and splendid work to further the success story of SEEBRIG.