SEECP summit in Bucharest adopts joint declaration


“The summit was finally a successful one,” President Basescu stated at the conclusion of the event attended by representatives of 12 member states from the region.

President Traian Basescu has announced on Wednesday the adoption of a joint declaration by the Summit of heads of state and government of South-East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states, showing that this represents a revitalization of the organisation. The common declaration includes details about the modalities in which a state can advance on its way to become an EU member state.
“Today’s summit was finally a successful one. We have managed to adopt a declaration, which has not happened during the past two summits. (…) The fact that the adoption of a declaration was successful revitalizes the organization and makes it once again a credible partner of the EU,” said the head of state at the end of the Summit of heads of state and government of South-East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states, quoted by Agerpres.
In the context, he emphasized that SEECP has the capacity to support the accession of countries to EU and NATO.
Before the adoption of this declaration, the head of state said that it is a honor for him to receive at Cotroceni the representatives of SEECP member states and he has a great satisfaction for being able to organise this summit after the Ohrid failure last year, when the summitcould no longer be organized. “Last year’s failure must be blamed on us, all,” Basescu mentioned, adding that “if the Bucharest summit will be a second failure (…) the organization will be in collapse.”
The president stated that the summit of SEECP countries comes at a very important moment, immediately after the elections for the European Parliament, which led to an increase of the representation in the EP of anti-European, xenophobic and extremist parties. “This is one more reason why we must value our organization, in order to reach the objectives of members states, especially in regard to integration,” Basescu mentioned, adding that he purposely chose the date of the summit the day before the European Council, due for today and tomorrow in Brussels, where one of the matters of the agenda is the enlargement process.
The Romanian president said that the summit comes against the background of events in Ukraine. “I know that we have differently nuanced approaches, but it remains a reality that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine were affected and an organization like ours cannot ignore this,” Basescu stated.
The Bucharest summit was attended by the 12 member states of the region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, R. of Moldova, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Other guests were officials from Pristina, the European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule and the secretary general of the Regional Cooperation Council, Goran Svilanovic.
The SEECP summit scheduled to be held in FYROM on June 1-2, 2013 was cancelled against the background of dissensions over inviting representatives from Kosovo. Macedonian president Djordje Ivanov said, at that time, that he decided to cancel the Ohrid summit “in order to protect the interests and dignity of Macedonia,” explaining that Skopje authorities do not want to be caught in a game of vetoes and boycotts. Out of the 12 SEECP member states, 5 – Serbia, Greece, Romania, R. Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina – do not recognize the independence of Kosovo.
The South-East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP), founded in 1996, is a non-institutionalized regional cooperation structure that was conceived as expression of the solidarity between states in the region. The member states of SEECP are Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, R. Moldova, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Romania holds the acting presidency of SEECP for 2013-2014.

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