State leaders and foreign ministers from Southeast Europe are due to meet in Sofia on May 31-June 1 to mark the conclusion of the one-year term of Bulgaria as rotating chair of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP).
During its chairmanship, Bulgaria has focussed on migration, managing refugee flows, freedom of media and speech and development of transport and energy infrastructure connectivity as key issues.
On the initiative of Sofia, SEECP foreign ministers signed a joint statement regarding migration challenges in February. The ministers agreed to recognize “the need to act in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity to ensure concerted action, effective coordination and evenhanded management of migration flows” in Southeast Europe.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov is due to host a meeting of his regional counterparts on May 31. This will include Greece’s Nikos Kotzias as well as the foreign ministers of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
A day later, heads of state or government will gather in Sofia to see Bulgaria hand over the chairmanship to Croatia