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What is it?
The South-East European Cooperation Process is a forum for diplomatic and political dialogue - the participating countries are open to cooperation for the future development of the region, for defining common views and for sharing experience.

How was it established?
The initiative is launched in Sofia  in July 1996 during the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of South-East European countries. This was a period of changes for the countries in the region marked by the process of democratic reforms. Having aimed to strengthen that process and subsequently, to transform the region i
nto an area of stability, security and cooperation the Declaration of the Sofia meeting was adopted. It expresses the will of the participating countries to start a long-term process of multilateral cooperation in the field of:
·  Strengthening stability, security and good-neighbourly relations;
·  Economic development;
·  Humanitarian, social and cultural issues;
·  Justice, combat against organized crime, illicit drug and arms trafficking, and terrorism.
Subsequently, the Process was recognized by the international community as the authentic voice of the region and grew into a forum which involves all SEE countries.

How does it work?
Cooperation within the framework of the SEECP takes place in the following formats:
·  annual meetings of the heads of state/government of SEE countries;
·  annual meetings of the Foreign Ministers;
·  sectoral meetings of ministers to discuss issues within their competency;
·  meetings of the Committee of Political Directors from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs;
·  annual meeting of the Speakers of Parliament.
In the progress of the South-East European Co
operation Process the principle of “regional ownership” has been playing a major role. According to it, the participating countries have to initiate regional co-operation projects based on specific needs and priority areas of the region. Coordination of the joint activities of the SEE countries is carried out by the Regional Cooperation Council and the Regional Secretariat for Parliamentary Cooperation in SEE.

What are the common goals?
The following cooperation priorities are put forward for the period of 2011-2013:
·  Economic and Social Development;
·  Energy and Infrastructure;
·  Justice and Home Affaires;
·  Security Cooperation;
·  Building Human Capital;
·  Parliamentary Cooperation.