On 26th of June 2012, the Annual DCHOD Meeting was held in Sofia. The Deputy Chiefs of Defense/General Staff welcomed the update presented by SEDM-CC and PMSC Chairman on SEDM-CC and PMSC activities since the last SEDM DCHODs Meeting. The Chairperson emphasized the importance of the decisions, taken by the Ministers of Defense during their last meeting in Antalya in October 2011, especially the review of the SEDM objectives and relationship with main International Organizations and regional initiatives through the ongoing process of the SEDM Strategic Review. They thanked the Chairman for the update given especially on SEDM projects and the way ahead. They also stressed the importance of efforts to enhance the SEEBRIG effectiveness as a tool to actively contribute to security, cooperation and stability within the SEDM process.
Among others, the Deputy Chiefs of Defense/General Staff thanked COMSEEBRIG, Brigadier General Zdravko Popovski, for his briefing concerning the HQ SEEBRIG activities since the last DCHOD’s Meeting. They gave positive assessment for the exhaustive analysis of all courses of action of study on possible Mentoring and Training Role for the SEEBRIG or its HQ. In this respect they recommended to consider COMSEEBRIG’s conclusion in the ongoing Strategic Review to be presented during the next Ministerial meeting.
DCHODs took note of COMSEEBRIG’s proposal concerning the adoption of NATO Standard rotation criteria (three years tour of duty) for personnel and the necessity to overcome some overlapping problems under a cost-effective approach.
The Deputy Chiefs of Defense/General Staff appreciated the update on the tax exemption and fiscal regime application on SEEBRIG given by Greece and are confident in the definition of an appropriate way ahead to be discussed during the next Ministerial Meeting.