Starting from today and in the next 6 years, the Boro Menkov military base in Kumanovo, North Macedonia, will be the headquarters of the South-Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG), peacekeeping forces formed in 1999 as part of the SEDM process for regional defense cooperation.
“SEEBRIG” returned home – since in 1998 it was in Skopje that a conference took place and an agreement was concluded. which helped this brigade to be formed. This year gave us two reasons for a celebration at least concerning the defense matters. The first was our NATO membership after 30 years of waiting, efforts, and work, and the second is this. After 22 years of participation in the “SEEBRIG” initiative, we are going to host this brigade,” said North Macedonia’se Defense Minister Radmila Shekjerinska before the start of the celebration in the military base in Kumanovo.
The agreement for the formation of the brigade known as the Agreement for the Multinational Peace Force South-Eastern Europe Brigade (MPFSEE) was signed in Skopje, in 1998 by the ministers of defense of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Romania, and Turkey.
While the units that are part of the brigade remain in their initial bases in their countries and are activated as forces for exercises and operations, the location of the command and its commander is rotating among the member countries. So far, the following cities hosted the brigade’s headquarters: Plovdiv, Konstanca, Istanbul, and Larisa.