Sofia, September 30, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
The first informal meeting of foreign ministers of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) participants was held on September 30 in New York, hosted by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in his capacity as the current SEECP chairperson, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said.
Mitov reiterated the initiative’s role as a leading political format in the SEE region – a factor for security, stability, and prosperity. Furthermore, he highlighted SEECP’s importance for the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries from the Western Balkan, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said.
Mitov outlined the priorities of the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office, pointing out that Bulgaria’s efforts will be focused on three key areas of interaction in the region: connectivity – transport, energy, and infrastructure; media freedom and freedom of expression; migration and coping with the refugee flow.
Participants discussed the most recent regional and European issues, including the latest developments and prospects before the SEECP, the format’s interaction with other regional initiatives, the possibilities to deal with the challenges stemming from the migratory flows, as well as the need to promote economic growth and increase the connectivity between the countries of the region, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said.
Regarding the situation with the refugee flow in the SEE region, Mitov expressed his concern, emphasising the need to establish a joint co-ordination mechanism to fight illegal migration and human trafficking, the statement said.