Two-day Summit of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) took place in Sarajevo and on Mount Jahorina on July 8-9 to mark the end of the one-year-long Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Chairmanship-in-Office of the SEECP.
The Summit participants endorsed a joint Declaration reconfirming the European path of the region and commitment to joint activities and cooperation in the region.
Participants reconfirmed full dedication to the inclusive regional cooperation and collaboration among SEECP participants, as a milestone for developing the stability and prosperity throughout the region, on the basis of bolstering democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law, mutual understanding and interconnectivity.
“We firmly believe in the common European future. We are deeply convinced that only full integration of the entire region into the European Union serves the best interest of the Continent”, the Declaration reads.
Reaffirming the full commitment of the SEECP participants to the common future of the region within unified, democratic and prosperous Europe, the declaration noted that it was essential to maintain the momentum of enlargement and continuous commitment to reforms for the credibility of enlargement policy, based on strict and fair conditionality, regional cooperation and good neighborly relations and the principle of own merit.
Furthermore, participants agreed to continue working together in order to effectively face all security threats to the region. They underlined the importance of coordinated efforts in the fight against violent extremism, terrorism and organized crime, with the focus on modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labor, smuggling in weapons and ammunition, money laundering, and corruption.
Emphasizing the importance of supporting diversified and sustainable economic growth based on modern technologies, digitalization and structural reforms, the Summit participants agreed that enhancing economic cooperation among SEECP participants, as well as between the SEECP economies and the EU, was of the utmost importance for the economic growth, sustainable development and prosperity of the citizens of South-East Europe.
The Declaration was signed by members of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, Albanian President Ilir Meta, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Romanian Research and Innovation Minister Nicolae Hurduc, Croatian Secretary of State Zdravka Busic, Greek Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgios Iliopoulos, Moldovan Ambassador Oleg Tulea, and Slovenian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Zorica Bukinac.
Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu and the Representative of the European External Action Service Angelina Eichhorst attended the signing ceremony.