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First informal meeting of SEECP states’ foreign ministers, hosted by the Romanian chairmanship-in-office of SEECP

Press release

Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean hosted on Friday, 27 September, in New York, the first informal meeting of foreign ministers from the states participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), organized by Romania, as holder of the SEECP chairmanship-in-office, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Attending the meeting as special guests were the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General for political affairs and security policy, and the representative of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj.

The meeting was aimed at presenting the priorities of the Romanian chairmanship-in-office of the SEECP and exchanging views on cooperation in South-Eastern Europe and renewing the political commitment of the participating states to such cooperation.

In his address, the head of Romanian diplomacy underscored the need for greater involvement of all states participating in regional cooperation structures, so as to help achieve specific projects and programs having a direct impact on the region’s development. In that context, Minister Titus Corlăţean described the main objectives of SEECP’s Romanian chairmanship-in-office, and underscored this Romania’s interest in boosting the current framework for cooperation in South-Eastern Europe, to the effect of ensuring efficiency, representativeness, a future-oriented approach and tangible results benefiting the whole region as well as each participating state.

Romania’s key priorities for the duration of its term as SEECP chair-in-office are: to identify and launch projects and to consolidate cooperation in the field of Justice and Home Affairs, with an emphasis on fighting corruption and organized crime, to launch a regional project having an economic component (labour policies and increased competitiveness), of a nature to facilitate confidence building and dialogue between participating states, as well as ministerial meetings in the field of tourism and education and a regional conference devoted to statistics.

Further information

SEECP is a non-institutionalized regional cooperation structure – the only political forum in South-Eastern Europe managed exclusively by states of the region. It was established in 1996, when the groundwork was laid for a new form of cooperation, following the emergence of new states in the territory of former Yugoslavia. The SEECP participating states are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Romania took over the SEECP chairmanship-in-office on 1 June 2013 from Macedonia, for one year.