The initiative Transnational Demographic Expert Network (TDEN) started as part of project “Facing the demographic challenges experienced by the South-East European Cooperation Process /SEECP/ participants”. The project started in the beginning of May 2017 as a result of the commitment that the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has taken under the Joint Declaration of the SEECP participants. The Joint Declaration was signed during the International Ministerial Conference in Sofia, held on 12-13th May 2016. The Conference laid the basis of a future common long-term work on establishing operating mechanisms at regional level for management of the demographic processes through undertaking common initiatives and projects, based on exchange of experience and good practices.

The Republic of Bulgaria set the demographic issues among the priorities of its programme in the framework of the chairmanship-in-office of the SEECP (July 2015 – June 2016) and made efforts to synchronize the actions to face the demographic challenges. Between November 13 - 17, 2017, at the Centre for Human Resource Development and Regional Initiatives the Founding Meeting of the Transnational Demographic Expert Network of the SEECP participating countries was held. In the meeting took part representatives of the United Nations Population Fund, the Regional Cooperation Council and the ILO International Training Center also the experts from institutions involved in demographic issues from Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia, Turkey, Montenegro, Moldova (via skype connection) and Serbia (presenting by absence).

TDEN is a network for cooperation in the field of demographic policy, set up by high-level representatives of the labour and social policy ministries of the SEECP countries. TDEN is a self-governed informal structure, open to the participation of all institutions, departments and organisations, as well as independent experts who join efforts to achieve the network’s strategic and operational objectives. The strategic objective of TDEN is to promote long-term cooperation, mutual exchange and good practices of addressing demographic challenges, to encourage labour market development and management of labour migration / workforce mobility with a view to ensuring sustainable development and growth in SEECP countries. The operational objectives of the network include:

  • synchronise and improve statistical and other information and data about the regional effects of demographic change and population development;
  • maintain and improve the capacity of public administrations to manage demographic changes;
  • promote and disseminate best practice, knowledge and effective practices in the field of demographic policy among SEECP countries.
  • develop joint initiatives and activities contributing to an enhanced effect of demographic policies, programmes and measures, with a view to creating conditions for sustainable development of the regions and for reducing interregional differences.