Ministry of Defence

SEDM Process, Its Role, Dinamics, Engagement And Extention In South East Europe


Southeastern European Defence Ministerial (SEDM) continues to be a real proof of consolidated bridges of friendship and cooperation, which we have been capable to build during these years by strengthening the good will and joint objective.
SEDM or in other words, the Process of Engagement of South East European countries in Ministerial level, is a process of integration and cooperation in the field of security and regional defence. Founded in 1996 in Tirana, with the participation of all the South East European countries and USA, SEDM today reflects the success of cooperation and regional integration.
In this process the following members participate: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria
Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Rumania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. The following countries are Observers: Moldavia, Georgia.
Member Countries: Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Rumania, Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, USA.

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SEEBRIG

The most representative element of the SEDM process is undoubtedly MPFSEE Initiative.

MPFSE otherwise known as the Multinational Peace Force Southeastern Europe (SEEBRIG) consists of 7 member countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Turkey and five observer countries are: USA, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia.  July 2009, was the first time that the Multinational Peacekeeping Brigade of Southeast Europe (SEEBRIG) was led by an Albanian General, Brigadier General Zyber Dushku, for a 2-year mandate (2009-2011). Currently this team is headed by Brigadier General Zdravko Popovski, from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Adriatic Charter (A-5)

The so-called Western Balkan countries, Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia, as member countries of Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) after the Summit of Prague in 2002, when invitation were sent to seven out of ten aspiring countries, decided to follow the same path as the former Baltic countries, called “Vilnus Group”, successfully did. The creation of A-3 group is part of the vision to integrate the entire region into NATO Alliance, following the fulfilment of all the required conditions.
In the process of admission of the A-3 countries into the Alliance, the USA as a strategic partner, as well as other NATO member countries as special advisors, offered important support to promote this new form of cooperation among countries.

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EVENTS & ANALYSIS

Defence Minister Kodheli official visit to Greece, 14-15 January 2014 14-15 January 2014Defence Minister Mrs. Mimi Kodheli held on January 14-15 a two-day official visit to Athens, with the invitation of the Minister of Defence of Greece...
Minister Kodheli at the Comprehensive Regional Ministerial held in Slovenia October 2013The Ministerial included two meetings: US-Adriatic Charter (A5) Ministerial, and SEDM Defence Ministerial...
"Strategic Vision" June 2013Latest magazine "Strategic Vision" issued by the National Centre of Security and Defence...
Strategic Defence Review document 11 April 2013 The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania approved the Strategic Defence Review document...
Defence Directive 2013 15 January 2013 This directive is the foundation where the plans, working programs and activities of all structures of the MoD of the AF will rely
on...
Defence Ministers make progress on cyber protection 04 June 2013NATO Defence Ministers agreed that the Alliance’s cyber-defence capability should be fully operational by the autumn...
The Albanian Experience in Demilitarization of Excess Ammunition 15 May 20132,300 tons were demilitarized until September 2009, at the end of the year 6,500 tons, while in 2010 were demilitarized 20,600 tons...
Albania-US Relations: A Pillar of Stability in an Increasingly Uncertain World 30 June 2012By Ian J. BrzezinskiWashington - It is in times of uncertainty that partnerships are both most tested and most important...
NATO Chicago summit meets its goals 21 may 2012“We came to Chicago with three goals. And we have met them...
NATO delivers at Chicago Summit 20 may 2012Rasmunssen: "Today, we approved a robust package of more than 20 multinational projects, to provide the capabilities we need, at a price we can afford"...
NATO declares interim missile defence capability 20 may 2012Rasmunssen:“Our system will link together missile defence assets from different Allies – satellites, ships, radars and interceptors – under NATO command and control...
NATO Defence Ministers endorse concept for new post-2014 mission in Afghanistan 05 June 2013NATO Defence Ministers on Wednesday endorsed the detailed concept for the new NATO-led mission...
NATO in 2020 13 april 2012 NATO's Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen sets out his vision...  
“Smart Defence - An innovative approach to security challenges” 27 April 2012“Smart Defence” is a new way of thinking about generating the defence capabilities we need for the year 2020 and beyond...
“Smart Defense” A Smart Approach for the Balkan Region 18 march 2012 Rasmussen: “I know that in an age of austerity, we cannot spend more. But neither should we spend less. So the answer is to spend better...”
NATO, ‘Soft Power' and Social Media 23 march 2012 For those wanting to use soft power in foreign policy, social media offer intriguing ways to deliver messages to publics that may have been inaccessible in the past...
NATO Air Headquarters Ramstein passes missile defence test 04-05 april 2012 The operational headquarters for NATO's future territorial ballistic missile defence capability passed a significant technical test on 4-5 April...
Join the Armed Forces 25 July 2013 Criteria and documentations to become a professional soldier...
Military Review December 2013 Latest issue of "Military Review" magazine, in English language...
Moving Forward To End Violence Against Women 08 July 2013 --by Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General...
Two approaches towards “operational capability” – Bring them as closer as possible June 2012Strategic Defence Review (SDR) in Albania has already reached the stage, when lining-up and linking...

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