President's Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

We should be proud of the fact that currently in Europe our specialty of Oto-rhino-laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is without doubt living its most unified period in its history, despite the current political situations in many of its member counties. We have passed through the first ten years of this union, which we may call the “Foundation Phase” that created the harmony between our national societies and subspecialty societies. Among other activities we already have conducted five big European Congresses under the umbrella of the Confederation. The last one in Brussels this summer managed to attract more than 3000 colleagues, not only from Europe but from throughout the world. Here I would like to thank once again the Congress President Dr Marc Remacle and Scientific Chair Dr Elisabeth Sjögren for their great success to organize this perfect meeting with the help of our PCO Mondial, with a high quality scientific and social program. Post congress evaluations have proven us that the attendees have enjoyed the conference and are already looking forward to our next big event in Milano in 2021.

During the Brussels Congress our General Assembly have ratified our new constitution, which was in discussion in almost more than two years and recently updated by our Presidential Council. It enables better representation, integration and improved interaction, which will further enhance harmony with all our member societies. Using this chance, I would like to thank our Past President Dr Hans Edmund Eckel for his superb leadership during the last two years. Under his term we have not only updated our constitution to the needs of our time, but also created an even more solid ground that we can further build up on with new projects for the good of our ORL-HNS community in Europe and beyond.

Since Brussels meeting, we also have three new members at our Presidential Council elected during the General Assembly. I would like to welcome Dr Per Caye Thomassen, President-elect, Dr Elisabeth Sjögren, General secretary-elect and Dr Tomislav Baudoin, Treasurer-elect who have joined our board, as well as the new nominations for Dr Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen and Dr Marc Remacle as the Senior counsellors, who will provide us the memory of our organization since its foundation. Together with my colleagues Dr Jan Plzák, the new General secretary and Dr Miro Tedla, the new Treasurer of the Confederation, we are committed to work hard with our Presidential Council to run our society in the best possible way. We will be focusing on to promote the Confederation and its activities, by raising its awareness in Europe but also beyond. The Confederation will be more active at worldwide scientific platforms with the CEORL-HNS labeled sessions and else, demonstrating its deserved place as an important stakeholder in the global ORL-HNS arena.

We are also planning to diversify our activities together with our member societies. Among them an important service in progress will be to establish European educational platforms, not only for our young generations to support them in their training, but also for all practicing colleagues, providing them the current concepts of modern ORL-HNS practice. Furthermore, we have already started to work on the organization of our next biggest educational and social activity, the Milano 2021 Confederation Congress together with Congress President Dr Piero Nicolai and Scientific Chair Dr Isabela Vilaseca.

The last but not the least, we would like to enhance our bonds further within Europe, while creating a powerful single voice for the good of our member societies, colleagues and patients.

Kindest regards,
Dr Cem Meco, President

Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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