Updated: 10-May-2002 NATO Information

7 Dec. 2001


South East Europe Security Cooperation Steering Group

I. Follow-up of activities in which SEEGROUP had a leading, supporting or otherwise substantial role

  • Follow-up of recommendations contained in the South East Europe Common Assessment Paper (SEECAP).
  • Exchange of border security personnel based on the Framework Guidelines (SEESTAFF).
  • Undertake a comparative study of national security strategies (SEESTUDY).
  • Continue following and supporting preparations for conducting the fire-fighting exercise "Taming the Dragon - Dalmatia 2002".

II. Development of new instruments and measures for enhancing regional security

  • Start work on a document on the exchange of political-military and other early warning, conflict prevention and crisis management information, that would list areas of high, medium and low concern for risk assessments.
  • Start work on a document on the comprehensive exchange of information on security forces, with the aim to establish a system for the exchange of data on the personnel and weapons holdings, as well as budgets of all armed security agencies.
  • Promote civil-military interaction in security management, in particular relations among the security forces, special services, border guards, etc., as well as their cooperation with MoDs and armed forces. A Bulgarian/Swiss-sponsored workshop will be held in June 2002 to consider a process (SEEMAG) aimed to promote this interaction in accordance with the SEECAP.
  • Identify and promote a package of measures for combating asymmetric threats in South East Europe, including terrorism and organised crime.
  • Enhance the public relations element of the SEEGROUP with the aim to promote the results in regional cooperation achieved in SEEGROUP framework.
  • Explore the possibilities of inter-regional exchange of lessons learned, with the aim to share positive experience with countries from other regions.
  • Explore possibilities for electronic networking or establishment of a hotline, with the aim of timely exchange of the above mentioned information.
  • Follow-up on the idea for establishment of a Balkan Defence College, initially set up in the virtual and later in the real environment.

III. Steering, coordination, clearing-house and information exchange activities

  • Continue support to NATO South East Europe Initiative (SEEI) and contribute to PMSC work.
  • Follow and facilitate the ongoing security sector reform in the SEE countries, as appropriate. Coordinate with the Security Sector Reform Initiative of the Stability Pact.
  • Facilitate exchange of expertise among the countries in the region in defence-related issues such as MAP, defence reforms and planning, military bases closure and professional re-conversion.
  • Stocktaking and coordination with other SEE-related initiatives like SEDM, SECI and SEECP.
  • Continue interaction with activities and projects within the Stability Pact Working Table on Security Issues (WT-III), and developments within the Stability Pact Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI).
  • Organize regular briefings from regional rapporteurs on the developments in the region with regard to progress at various fora in addressing challenges identified in SEECAP.
  • Continue focused discussion on state of play in the area of Small Arms and Light Weapons and a possible SEEGROUP role in further information-sharing on national approaches and projects.
  • Exchange of views and information on regional cooperation in Disaster Preparedness and Civil-Military Emergency Planning with a special attention to the contribution by EADRCC and NATO authorities. Follow-up on the initiative on a regional CMEP Council.
  • Exchange of information and views on infrastructure projects with dual-use potential.
  1. This Action Plan has been agreed by the SEEGROUP participating States in line with the modalities for the establishment of the SEEGROUP (EAPC(EXS)(2000)4)

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