South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG) - formation established by seven participating nations in order to contribute to the regional security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area

Spring meeting of PMSC and SEDM-CC, Member Nations discuss on strengthening cooperation and the relevance of SEEBRIG

From 27 to 28 March 2024, the 50th South-Eastern European Ministerial Defense Process Coordination Committee (SEDM-CC) and 51st Politico-Military Steering Committee (PMSC) took place in Iași, Romania. Representatives of 16 Member Nations, SEEBRIG HQ, as well as international and regional organizations focused on SEDM project and perspectives, new project proposals, SEEBRIG activities and perspectives, all aiming at strengthening the regional security and stability.

Opening the session, Chairperson Ms. Simona COJOCARU outlined the status of the priorities assumed by the Romanian Chairmanship, while also expressing confidence in terms of continuing to upgrade the capabilities and interoperability of SEEBRIG. The challenges that security environment presents make our cooperation even more important, Ms. COJOCARU emphasized in her address.

On the first session, COMSEEBRIG BG Bilbil BITRI presented an update of SEEBRIGs main activities from last PMSC Meeting as well as achievements, the planned activities for 2024 and status of capability assessment in order to provide the best military perspective on what actions to be taken in order. to enhance SEEBRIG significance, improve its efficiency, and boost the Brigade’s relevance.

COMSEEBRIG then informed Member Nations on the preliminary planning of the events for the 25th anniversary of SEEBRIG and the status of “Seven Stars 24” Exercise planning and way ahead to the execution phase.

Member Nations shared their views and ideas on proposed documents by SEEBRIG as well as on the proposals for a capability to react in short notice in response to disasters. They also provided guidance to SEEBRIG regarding visibility and interaction on the interest of the mission.

Next day, on the second session, attended by all SEDM nations, as well as representatives of RACVIAC, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre (E-ARC), actively discussed efforts to advance the goals of SEDM.

Various initiatives, projects and proposals were discussed in a fruitful atmosphere, and Chairperson Ms. COJOCARU expressed her confidence that the PMSC reunion in Iasi has the potential to be the foundation towards further advancing PMSC’s objectives and vision for SEEBRIG.