The South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) was launched in 1996 in Sofia with an objective of strengthening regional cooperation and trust, good neighbourly relations, stability and security, enhanced economic relations, engagement in the human dimension, justice, the fight against organised crime, and fight against terrorism.
The SEECP's chief document is the "Charter on Good-Neighborly Relations, Stability, Security and Cooperation in South-East Europe", adopted at the 2000 Bucharest summit. In 2007, there were additional procedural changes in view of the establishment of the Regional Cooperation Council, which is the operational arm of the SEECP.
In 2014 at the Bucharest Summit Kosovo became the thirteenth participant of this important regional political process.
At present the SEECP consists of the following participants: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Republic of North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Slovenia.
The SEECP is a regional process coordinated by the participant holding the chairmanship-in-office. Its primary mission is to foster the EU prospect of South-East Europe and work towards the connectivity, security, stability, and economic progress of the region. In this manner, the rotating chairmanships-in-office work closely with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).
The SEECP chairmanship-in-office follows the principle of one-year rotation (July–June), in no precise order.
Kosovo is chairing the SEECP from 1 July 2019. (more information on Kosovo’s SEECP CiO activities and events - website under construction)