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

South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) Deputy Chiefs of Defence (DCHODs) Meeting in Istanbul 2024

On the 26th of June 2024The Deputy Chiefs of Defence (DCHODs) of the South-Eastern Defence Ministerial (SEDM) nations, alongside with the representatives of regional organizations, gathered in the city which has been of thousands of years, symbol of greatness, magnificence, royalty, glory and elegance – a city with a fairy tale past –Istanbul.

The annual event, chaired by Ms. Violeta Nicolescu, hosted and organized under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Republic of Türkiye, general İrfan Özsert, was an excellent opportunity for the DCHODs to enhance cooperation, stability and trust, and promote constructive regional military collaboration in South-Eastern Europe.

All SEDM nations congratulated the Republic of Moldova as a fully-fledged member on its first SEDM DCHODs meeting participation and expressed the conviction that its membership will contribute to regional stability.

SEEBRIG Commander, BG Bilbil BITRI, presented a summary of the SEEBRIG’s main activities from the last DCHOD meeting in Rome and his vision to increase SEEBRIG’s visibility, enhancing the operational readiness and interoperability to become an active contributor to regional security and stability.

Furthermore, Commander informed about ongoing activities regarding the organization of the SEEBRIG’s 25th Anniversary ceremony, a moment of high importance in its history, particularly as it will involve the participation of military personnel from each SEEBRIG nation and former SEEBRIG commanders.

The report was appreciated by SEDM members and they recommended the continuing work in process of ensuring SEEBRIG remain operationally ready and fully integrated with NATO procedures and doctrines.

Considering the security environment and all of the related dynamics and challenges that we face in the region, SEDM members also underlined the importance of regional resilience.

At the end the acting Chairperson extended her sincere thanks to COMSEEBRIG for SEEBRIG’s staff tireless work to enhance the effectiveness of SEEBRIG as a tool to actively contribute to peace, security, stability and cooperation in South Eastern Europe and beyond.