South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) Meeting

RACVIAC Director, MG (ret.) Jeronim Bazo participated in the the annual South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) meeting which was held on 17 November 2022 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ministers STOYANOV (Bulgaria), BURCHULADZE (Georgia), TÎLVĂR (Romania), NOSATÎI (Moldova), representatives from SEDM Nations, SEEBRIG HQ, UNDP/SEESAC, and RACVIAC participated in this prominent meeting. The meeting was presided by the SEDM Chairperson Ms. Teodora Genchovska, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria.

RACVIAC representative stated that the main priorities of the SEDM process, “to maintain and strengthen the security and stability in the region; to foster the promotion of the initiatives aiming at the consolidation of peace and encouraging synergies with other organizations such as the UN, NATO, the EU and other partners,” are strongly supported by RACVIAC.

He also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Bulgarian Chairmanship for the excellent work done during the past two years and positive results in their endeavours to preserve peace and stability in the region.  As SEDM and RACVIAC share similar objectives and interests when it comes to security and stability of SEE and beyond, it is very important to coordinate our efforts with these countries’ achievements, he added.

He continued that the RACVIAC will stand committed to continue and further enhance its work for the benefit of individual states and we are open to cooperate on and enhance this cooperation even further. Through its Programme it will continue to contribute to the entire efforts of the international community in addressing and giving solutions to the current threats and challenges.

Ministers of defence in their joint statement statated: „We welcomed the presence of the representatives from EU, NATO, RACVIAC, SEESAC, OSCE, RCC and appreciated their valuable efforts in support of the SEDM Initiative. We will further promote and support the activities organized by them, with the aim to enhance the security dialogue and regional cooperation thus facilitating countries in achieving the goal of full membership in European and Euro-Atlantic structures as the best way to preserve stability and security in the region. „