In 2022, EUMASS celebrates its 50th anniversary in a festive way, followed by a jubilee congress in 2023 in Strasbourg.
In fact, on 17 March 1972 in Orléans, France, at a meeting of French medical officers, the French medical director, Dr Claude Persignan, and a Belgian observer, Dr René Rénard, discussed the idea of an organisation of medical officers from the countries of the then common market (European Economic Community (EEC): Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany) to promote scientific and social exchanges between the Member States. The idea of EUMASS was born and met with an enthusiastic response from doctors specialising in social insurance. In 1972, a dozen or so colleagues from the six countries set up the first UEMASS Council in Leuven (BE).
These founding countries were joined over the years, in alphabetical order, by Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On 23 September 2022, we organised a festive academic session at the Palais des Académies in Brussels.
The new logo, adopted by the General Meeting in Trondheim, was presented in public for the first time.
While taking on the colours of the old logo, the new one retains the idea of the medical caduceus and the snakes that wrap themselves in perfect friendship around the crown of stars, symbolising for everyone the European Union and the (social) protection it offers to all its citizens. A strand of DNA can also be seen, marking the scientific side of UEMASS. All in all, a fine symbol pointing the way to a bright future.
Prof. Dr. Frank Vandenbroucke, PhD, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health
Welcome Message and challenges for EUMASS
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