Politics

Bulgaria in the Frame of SEECP Summit

The Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania Meet on the Margins of the SEECP Summit

June 13th, 2016
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The SEECP Summit took place the 1st of June in Sofia and saw the participation of the ministers of foreign affairs of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania. They met in order to exchange views and debate on areas of common interest, with the purpose of contributing to European policies.

Founded in 1996, on Bulgaria’s initiative, the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) aimed at establishing a new forum for regional cooperation, following the emergence of new independent states in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. It is a structure of regional cooperation as an expression of their solidarity. States participating in the SEECP are Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001), Croatia (2004), Republic of Moldova (2006), Montenegro (2007) and Slovenia (2010).

The main objectives of the SEECP are consolidating stability, security and good neighbourly relations; strengthening multicultural economic cooperation, with a special focus on cross-border cooperation, modernisation of the transport, communication and energy infrastructures, the promotion of trade and investments; promoting cooperation in humanitarian, social and cultural fields; cooperation in the field of justice, fighting organised crime and illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons, as well as fighting terrorism.

Regional cooperation has become increasingly important in Bulgarian foreign policy and the capital, Sofia, has won recognition as a meaningful partner in South-Eastern Europe. Sofia has also played a decisive role in the development of multilateral cooperation in this region as it has been instrumental in the establishment of stability and good relations between neighbouring countries. Sofia has achieved this by standing up for Bulgarian national interests and skillfully employing the tools and principles of regional cooperation. South-Eastern Europe today faces an increasing number of challenges to security and a growing need for more effective regional cooperation, which the SEECP participants are increasingly aware of. For the third time, Sofia will assume the rotating Chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation Process in the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

References

Cultural Diplomacy News
Valentina De Gregorio, CD News