South-Eastern Europe Brigade Multinational Peace Force

BG Virgil BALACEANU at Handover/Takeover Ceremony in Istanbul,12 July 2007



Your Excellencies Ministers,

Generals, Admirals,

Distinguished guests,

Dear participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I speak in front of you today, first for the reason that you stay in honor the flag of this important multinational unit. Secondly is a great opportunity for me, commanding SEEBRIG for the next two years, which is not only a full-size responsibility and challenge but also an honor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank once again my national authorities for their decision.

I have to be honest and tell you that this position is not only a huge element of pride for me but also a dream coming true given that I have the chance, to lead a successful and significant multinational brigade as SEEBRIG it is.

After 8 years from its establishment, we are now in the position of affirming that SEEBRIG has a successfully accomplish its main goals. The personnel working here succeeded in creating a multinational operational brigade. I welcome and admire the high level of professionalism of the previous SEEBRIG Commanders, General Hilmi Akin Zorlu, General Andreas Kouzelis, General Giovanni Soulis and General Neyko Nenov and theirs staff.

We have also found an effective military cooperation in order to create spirit of trust between the countries that enjoyed the opportunity to see each other in the light of friendship and partnership, instead of distrust or opposition.

In the 21st century, we operate in a strategic environment that is influenced by several key changing factors, among which: international terrorism, WMD, radical ideologies, global warming, unsolved conflicts, increasing sophistication of asymmetric warfare and growing influence of media.

SEEBRIG represents, along with other initiatives, an outstanding outcome of today's South Eastern European strategic security environment. This was strongly wanted by the nations, with a view to providing a cohesive and effective military structure capable of operating for assuring peace and stability both within and out side the SE area.

Actually, the deployment of SEEEBRIG HQ in Afghanistan –within the framework of ISAF – represents one of the most significant results.

I will present now shortly the future line of SEEBRIG actions by my self and my staff starting with today:

- Successful MISSION;

- Effective management of SEEBRIG;

- Support for cooperation.

In order to achieve these goals, a number of outputs have to be defined and linked directly to the objectives in SEEBRIG's plans.

Completing this, taking over by transfer of authority the two companies provided by HN and making them fully operational and integrated into the SEEBRIG structure in order to be able to cope with the brigade tasks and responsibilities whatever they are.

Concurrently, we have also to continue the process of developing readiness and flexible, rapid, deployable and sustainable capabilities in order to tackle emerging cases in their early stages and to contribute to preserving the peace, security and stability.

Peace symbol –PIGEON- is present on our badges and I want to underline a pleased coincidence, our comrades from 3rd (TU) Corps have same symbol on their badges. As a matter of fact, is not a coincidence, it is displaying of the same purpose.

SEEBRIG has to cope will all challenges mentioned earlier during their mission in Afghanistan, and after the 7th stars are already the STAR KNIGHTS for peace...

No 1 Kaloresi I yjeve

No 2 Kavaleri na zvezdite

No 3 I ipotes ton asterion

No 4 Gli cavalieri delle stele

No 5 Iavachi na zvezdite

No 6 Cavalerii stelelor

No 7 Yildiz ovalieleri

I would like to assure all of you, that SEEBRIG personnel is keen to continue to work hard to meet all requirements to get SEEBRIG ready for deployment in Peace Support Operations and in future to add more stars to SEBRIG flag.

Allow me to express my deep gratitude to the Turkish civilian and military authorities for the excellent infrastructure, cooperation and support to this multinational military unit.


Dear General NENOV,

I would like to take this opportunity on this special occasion and present to you the SEEBRIG plaque and operational flag as a sign of good appreciation and to remember you, and your commanding period.

On behalf of SEEBRIG personnel and my self, I want to wish you the best of luck and great success in your new duties.

Thank you for your attention.

Seebrig Headquarters

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