SEEGROUP Chairmanship in 2002
Romania assumes in 2002 the chairmanship of SEEGROUP (South East Europe
Security Cooperation Steering Group) at a time when the prospects of a
stable and prosperous South East Europe have never been better. For the
first time in history all SEE countries have democratically elected governments.
With a few countries already NATO members, others making vigorous bids
for NATO membership and the rest engaged in active cooperation processes
with NATO or the European Union, the security situation in the region
Regional countries engagement and international assistance will continue
to be crucial for the consolidation of this positive trend in South East
Key features of the Romanian Chairmanship of SEEGROUP will be project-oriented
management, close co-ordination with other SEE-related initiatives, and
focus on practical results. A very important feature will be making full
use of the facilitating role provided by NATO's International Secretariat,
especially in areas such as defence and security reform or regional cooperation
among all South-Eastern European countries.
- Enhance SEEGROUP's role in South East Europe - as a taskforce group
activating in the NATO environment - to facilitate the management of
various security and defence related initiatives and projects.
- Enhance SEEGROUP's connectivity with other regional initiatives.
- Enhance SEEGROUP's response in real-time events.
- Increase SEEGROUP's visibility and political marketing.
- Contribute to the consolidation of a SEE security and defence community.
ways and means
Enhance SEEGROUP role
- Increase internal visibility within the region: highlight the value-added
by SEEGROUP to reform processes in defence and security; highlight practical
outputs and successes; underline opportunity for close co-operation
with NATO and Stability Pact.
- Improve working modalities: keep group flexible and informal; focus
on regional ownership, and partnership with international organizations
and NATO allies/partners.
- Enhance relations with NATO and NATO allies and partners: undertake
MAP or defence reform related projects; every two-months briefings to
NATO or EAPC fora.
- Keep close contact with other SEE-related initiatives/organizations
(SEDM, SECI, SEECP etc.).
- Exchange information with authorities or similar initiatives from
other regions (Baltic region, Caucasus, Central Asia).
- Concentrate on pragmatic developments
Enhance SEEGROUP connectivity
- Establish concrete liaison and cooperation for the management of fields/projects
- Frequent stocktaking of activities developed by other initiatives.
- Identify gaps in the global picture of the regional cooperation and
propose possible remedies.
- Explore possibilities for electronic networking within the region.
Enhance SEEGROUP real-time response
- Consult every time an event occurs.
- Issue statements on possible practical ways to approach the respective
event in the region.
Enhance SEEGROUP visibility and political marketing
- Briefings by the Chairmanship to meetings of International Organizations
and SEE-related initiatives.
- Cross-representation at senior level meetings of SEE-related initiatives.
- Participation to seminars and workshops by representatives of SEEGROUP.
- Adoption of a logo.