Toward a New Horizon: Introducing an EAN Website
The year 2011 was a turning point in European neurology. Both the European Neurological Society (ENS) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) have agreed in principle to create a new and single entity entitled: the European Academy of Neurology (EAN). An agreement was signed formally in Budapest during the 2011 EFNS congress. With this final creation, the two founding societies will cease to exist thereby forming a unique Academy. While the decision is irreversible, the road to achieve this goal is complicated. The actual foundation will take place in June 2014 during a joint EFNS-ENS meeting in Istanbul. Between now and then, elected delegates will convene in order to formulate bylaws, and to discuss ways to resolve the numerous technical issues that result from such a crucial decision to establish a new organisation concerned with the advancement of European neurology. All these decisions must be fully transparent, and they will be primarily taken by the executive committees of the two founding societies. Subsequently, these decisions must be presented to, and voted on, by the respective society membership during its annual business meeting.
However, membership at large, and the European neurological community, should be informed and updated on the plans and progress to be made in the creation of the new academy. For this reason, a temporary EAN website will be initiated prior to the establishment of this academy. A future EAN executive body will subsequently decide on the final format of the website
We are all looking forward to the establishment of a successful European Academy of Neurology, an academy which will be able to respond to the challenges confronting neurology during the 21st century.
Zohar Argov ENS President Richard Hughes EFNS President
- The agreement signed in 2011
- Reference (link) to the Argov & Hughes Neurology paper
- If and when published, reference to the Editorial of Lancet Neurology
- Time Table: gives technical details of the February 2012 Task Force meeting including the names of the Task Force members. If there are dates scheduled for future meetings, they should be published, including those of the proposed ‘Financial’ Task Force.