The genesis of the regional partnership – the South eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) started in 2000. Yet, one of the first preparatory meetings that set the SEEHN foundation was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 07-08 April 2001.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Health’s desire to assist the pressing necessity for a regional partnership hosted the first-ever multi-country meeting of the SEE countries. The process was supported and funded by the Council of Europe (COE). The fruitful discussions were targeted on methodological issues of the future network content, the assignment for each country to write a report for the next two months on its health situations, vulnerable populations, and on how mutual problems to be solved was accepted.
Three months later, at the end of June 2001 a second event of the SEE countries´ representatives was hosted by the COE in their official offices in Bucharest.
This meeting was based on the state reports carried out for the first time after the huge changes that had taken place in their health systems. The delegates defined common challenges and topics for the future regional cooperation and approved one project proposal for each of the represented SEE country.
Two months later the first Ministerial Forum was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 31st August – 01st September 2001 that led to the SEEHN establishment. In addition, the history of a wide health partnership began in the SEE Region.