The Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina & Kosovo (DSEE) originates from the Delegation for South-East Europe, which was constituted on 17 November 1994.
The present inter-parliamentary relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo have an annual cycle (one meeting a year for each country) and are based on voluntary decisions, awaiting the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements (SAAs). The relations with these two countries take the form of Inter-parliamentary Meetings (IPM).
The relations with remaining Western Balkan countries: Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM), Montenegro and Serbia have been upgraded (from IPM status) in 2004, 2010 and in 2013 following the entry into force of the relevant SAAs and are conducted by the separate delegations.
The Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina & Kosovo (DSEE) is the "successor" to the Delegation for relations with the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which had been functioning since 1981, then renamed delegation for relations with the republics of former Yugoslavia. It has been responsible for interparliamentary relations with five countries in South-East Europe, i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (then, State Union of Serbia-Montenegro and today: Republic of Serbia, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Kosovo) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Albania was included in a three-country delegation with Romania and Bulgaria between 1991 and 1994, when it became part of the Delegation for relations with South-East Europe.
In 2002, the European Parliament decided to initiate informal interparliamentary relations with Kosovo. The official relations with the Parliamentary Assembly of Kosovo started in May 2008, following the declaration of independence.
You can contact the Secretariat of the Delegations Europe by email at the following address: D-SEE(AT)europarl.europa.eu or by fax: +32 2 284 68 30 (Brussels) +33 3 881 79020 (Strasbourg)
Former Website of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South East Europe