UNION OF NATIONAL EUROPEAN
SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Minutes of the Unepsa Executive Committeee Meeting, April
22nd, 2006, Naples
The UNEPSA Executive Committee Meeting was convened by the President Armido
Rubino and started at 9.00 am on April 22nd 2006 in Naples.
A quorum was declared with the following voting Members present: A. Rubino, D.
Branski, G. Gaedicke, E. Olah, J. Janda, M. Vural.
The Meeting was chaired by the President A. Rubino.
- Approval of the agenda. The agenda of the Meeting was approved
- Approval of the minutes of the E.C. Meeting of April 17th, 2005.
The minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting held in Debrecen on April 17th,
2005 were unanimously approved.
- Relation with other Societies/Associations (CESP/EAP etc.) The
document “relations UNEPSA-CESP” (which is appended as document 1) was
distributed and it was illustrated by the President. The document “UNEPSA-IPA
relations” (which is appended as document 2) was also distributed and it was
illustrated by the President. The documents 1 and 2 were discussed by the
Secretary General and the other Members. Both the documents were approved
unanimously as position documents of UNEPSA.
- Europaediatrics 2008. The document “Europaediatrics” was
distributed and it was illustrated by the President (appended document 3). The
document was unanimously approved by the Members present. Therefore it was
confirmed that the Congress to be organized in Istanbul will be named
Mehmet Vural, the President of “Europaediatrics 2008”, illustrated the
organizative details of the Congress to be held on June 14th-17th 2008. His
proposals were approved unanimously by the Committee. M. Vural was invited to
proceed as the President of the Congress, with all the necessary agreements
with the organizing Agency and with the institution of the Scientific
Committee chaired by Jochen Ehrich.
- Ongoing initiatives. Amendments of the Constitution. As planned in
the previous Executive Committee Meeting held in Debrecen, a number of
amendments to the Constitution were proposed by the President and the
Secretary General by distributing and illustrating the appended document 4. It
should be noted that, according to the present Constitution, any proposal of
amendment should be presented by at least three National Presidents to be
submitted to the General Assembly. The proposal will have to be sent to the
General Assembly Membership at least 90 days before the date of the Assembly
Meeting. Therefore the present discussion by the Executive Committee has just
the value of a preliminary opinion.
After the discussion the proposed amended Constitution was approved
unanimously (see appended document 5). The President and the Secretary General
were asked to check if there is a sufficient number of proposing Presidents
and, in such a case, to proceed by submitting the amended Constitution to the
next General Assembly according to the rules of the present Constitution.
- Treasurer report. The Treasurer G. Gaedicke presented the financial
report which is appended as document 6. The report was approved unanimously.
- 25th International Congress of Paediatrics-UNEPSA activities. The
President reported on preliminary contacts with the organizers of the 25th
International Congress of Paediatrics to be held on August 2007 in Athens. The
hypothesis was put forward of organizing two UNEPSA Round Tables: one related
to the educational needs of paediatricians in Europe; the other regarding the
changes in demography in Europe and the effects to the paediatric practice.
The Members expressed their favour toward participating as UNEPSA to the IPA
Congress in Athens.
- Adolescent health project. M. Vural illustrated the questionnaire
which is being used for the UNEPSA adolescent health project. The Membership
invited M. Vural to proceed with this UNEPSA project.
- Project on dental care for children under 5 years). J. Janda
illustrated the state of art of the project on dental care as planned by the
Executive Committee at the Debrecen Meeting. He was invited to proceed further
with the project
- Hemato-Oncology project. G. Gaedicke illustrated the state of art
of the project on Hemato-Oncology as planned by the Executive Committee at the
Debrecen Meeting. He was invited to proceed further with the project.
- Hepato-Gastroenterology project. D. Branski reported on the state
of art of the hepato-gastroenterology project.
- Neonatal health project. E. Olah illustrated the questionnaire
which is being used for the UNEPSA neonatal health project. The Membership
invited E. Olàh to proceed with this UNEPSA project.
- Obesity project. J. Janda reported on the state of art of the obesity
- European paediatric thematic network. E. Olàh illustrated the state
of art of the European paediatric thematic network project as discussed and
approved at the Executive Committee Meeting in Debrecen. She was invited to
proceed. She will report in the next Executive Committee Meeting.
- Summer courses. D. Branski illustrated the possible summer courses
to be organized in Israel for groups of no more than 40 participants. New
vaccines and nutritional topics were mentioned as possible themes. The
difficulties in finding financial support were emphasized
- Date and agenda of next General Assembly. The next General Assembly
will be held in Rome on September 28th 2006. The main points of the agenda
will include: the amendments to the Constitution, the UNEPSA Round Tables at
the 25th IPA Congress in Athens, the election of Council Members according to
the present Constitution, the nomination of the UNEPSA candidates in the IPA
- Date of next E.C. Meeting. The next EC Meeting will be held on
September 27th in Rome
- Any other business. Both D. Branski and J. Janda raised the
opportunity of developing a change of information and cooperating activities
with the EMEA.
The President distributed a copy of the manuscript entitled “30 years of the
Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Association (UNEPSA).” by K.
Betke, J. Ehrich, J. Janda, M. Katz, A. Rubino, to be published in the European
J Paediatrics. The paper was much welcomed.
A draft of a letter, to be signed by the President and the Secretary General
and to be addressed to the Presidents of the National Paediatric Societies was
distributed and briefly discussed (document 7).
The importance of the UNEPSA website was emphasized and the work done by Jan
Vejvalka was appreciated. It was underlined the part concerning the website in
the letter to be sent to the Presidents The Treasurer was given the mandate to
agree with Jan Vejvalka on a financial support to him for the website activities,
as allowed by the available financial resources.
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