The SEDM Process in Brief.
In consequence of the tumultuous experiences of the last decade and following NATO-led missions that aimed to build as well as to maintain peace and security in South-East Europe, a consideration for a necessity of a consistent regional cooperation mechanism in this region emerged in the international society. Hence came forward the South-East Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) Process, which began with a meeting of Ministers of Defense held in Tirana in March 1996, first of a series of meetings that convened the Ministers of Defense, Deputy Ministers of Defense and Deputy Chiefs of Defense of nations of South-East Europe. The activities undertaken within the context of the SEDM Process have developed the security of South-East Europe by three major ways: promoting regional cooperation and good neighborly relations, strengthening regional Defense capabilities as well as cooperation through collective efforts and last but not least, establishing links facilitating integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.
SEDM Coordination Committee
Noting that initiatives and activities in the SEDM context have gradually increased and therefore desiring to establish an appropriate structure in the framework of SEDM for the coordination of the initiatives and activities as a whole, SEDM nations created the SEDM Coordination Committee (SEDM-CC) with an agreement that was signed in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 9th of October 2000. It should be a mechanism to coordinate all SEDM activities and initiatives beyond the scope of PMSC.