Third Meeting of SEECP Political Directors in Cetinje: Culture as a Bond of South East Europe
Updated: May 5
PRESS RELEASE 29 March 2023
The third meeting of Political Directors of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) was held today in Old Royal Capital Cetinje as part of Podgorica’s Chairmanship-in-Office of the SEECP.
The meeting, which was chaired by Mr. Radovan Bogojević, Acting Director General for Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by National Coordinators of all SEECP Participants and by representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro.
Bogojević said that the meeting venue, the seat of the Ministry of Culture and Media of Montenegro, was inspired by Podgorica’s CiO motto, A SEE of Culture, a SEE of cooperation and chosen to emphasize the role of culture and its potential to bring us together to achieve better results.
Having in mind the forthcoming most intense CiO period until the end of June 2023, the participants welcomed thus far activities and supported upcoming events aligned with CiO priorities: human rights, strengthening security through the rule of law and fight against organized crime and corruption, energy and cyber security, green agenda and digital society.
With regard to the European agenda, the CiO welcomed the recent approval of the visa-free regime for Pristina by the EU Council, starting from January 2024, as one of the crucial benefits of the accession process for all citizens of aspirant economies.
The meeting highlighted the importance of the 2030 Strategy to promote UN sustainable development goals in South East Europe (SEE), primarily through economic growth, reduction of poverty and inequality, women’s empowerment, and improvement of social inclusion and quality of life.
The participants discussed the possibility of establishing cooperation between the Regional Cooperation Council and the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) for SEE, which Montenegro (Ministry of Interior) is chairing in 2023.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
29 March 2023