Minute of the EFSM Council Meeting and General Delegates Assembly, April 22, 2016 - 18:00-21:00, Royal Holliday Palace, Antalya, Turkey



Alexandru Georgescu:



Alex Muset:



Kadir Bacakoglu:



Ileana Matei:



Panayotis Soucacos:



Stefano Geuna:




Christian Bonde:


Gete Ester Toft:



Erkki Tukiainen:



Philippe Valenti:



Gerhard Pierer:


Ulrich Kneser:


Dirk Schaefer:



Alex Beris:



Pierluigi Tos:



M. Breborowicz:



Horacio Costa:



Ileana Matei:



Marko Bumbasirevic:



Alex Muset:



Karl Malm:



Yener Demirtas:


Omer Ozkan:




Albin Stritar:




Tarek El-Gammal:


Start of the Meeting at 18:00

1. Call to order and establishment of quorum


  • A. Georgescu (General Secretary)
  • A. Muset (General Secretary Elect, Spanish delegate)
  • I. Matei (Treasurer)
  • P. Soucacos (Historian)
  • S. Geuna (Chairman of the Research Committee)
  • J-N. Goubier (replacing the French delegate, Ph. Valenti)
  • A. Beris (Greece delegate)
  • Pierluigi Tos (Italy delegate)
  • Y. Demirtas (Turkey delegate)
  • O. Ozkan (Turkey delegate)
  • K. Bacakoglu (Congress President, Chairman of the International Relations Committee)
  • Hannu Kuokkanen (replacing Finish delegate)
  • M. Bumbasirevic (Serbian delegate)
  • G. Toft Eschen (Danish delegate)
  • Ch. Bonde (Danish delegate)
  • A. Thorarinsson (Swedish delegate)
  • B. Battiston (Cahirman of the Clinical Committee)


  • U. Kneser (German Speaking Group)
  • D. Schaefer (German Speaking Group)
  • G. Pierer (German Speaking Group)
  • A. Stritar (Slovenia)
  • A-H. Massoud (Egypt)
  • J. Masia (Chairman of the Education and Training Committee)

2. Georgescu raised the problem of the Portugal society, who is not present, does not respond to communications, did not pay the taxes for 2 years and does not involve itself in Federations' activities. The members recommended that the Portugal be summoned to answer for 6 months and given time to reply. After that the recommendation was that they are excluded from the Federation.

The issue regarding the communication of basic personal data from the individual members of the national societies to the Federation site was again reiterated. Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Spain were against releasing the phone numbers to the site.

Georgescu proposed that every national society representative submit this request to all the members of their society, then vote and give a final answer in the next meeting. His proposal was discussed, voted and agreed unanimously.

Then he stressed out the need for every national representative to communicate to all the societies members the new information received from EFSM.

Georgescu put in front of the Council the request received by the Secretary General regarding the endorsement of various scientific manifestations from EFSM part. Geuna, Tos and Bonde thought that the EFSM should not endorse products. Beris emphasized that for every scientific manifestation should be a time of 2 weeks set before answering the official request.

Georgescu asked the Council's permission to admit the United Kingdom's representatives, Simon Myers and Ali Ghanem, to present a request of endorsement for their Microsurgical Master. He added that the program would be willing to offer a 20-50% gratuity for one EFSM member /year for one module of the Master; access to the Summer school for free. Bonde suggested that the Master could offer a Best presentation award in the EFSM congress.

Muset suggested that the Council proposes one of his members as Relationship liaison for the European School of Microsurgery, which should propose them to offer also some facilities for the EFSM members, such as priority for 1-2 residents to attend one module of the master. It was proposed that Muset should be this representative. Toft suggested that the winner of the congress presentation/study should be allowed to choose one module of the 2 masters receiving EFSM support.

3. Bacakoglu presented the Report of the 2016 EFSM Congress in Antalia. He announced that to the date there were 379 registrations, from which 156 residents who have zero participation tax.

Georgescu suggested that this motivational fee for residents should be maintained for the next congresses. Tos suggested that it should be at least a 20 euro registration fee for residents, to encourage them to participate. The Turkish representative stressed that it should be free and Georgescu proposed that from the beginning of registration period, the residents should have 6 months to register for free, after which they should have to pay a tax. Bacakoglu proposed 3 months and his proposal was voted and accepted by all members of the Council.

Toft asked if there is a back-up plan prepared by the Congress organizers in case the congress does not have revenues. Georgescu answered that in the unlikely event that the congress has no revenues, there will be also no taxes payed to the EFSM, and that the most important thing is to increase the scientific level of the residents and to motivate them to participate.

The Congress President stressed that all the Council members should inform their society members about the congress and motivate them to come.

4. Bumbasirevic presented the 2018 EFSM congress in Belgrade report. He said that the congress will offer the accommodation free for 5 residents, and that there will be also a scrub nurses meeting during the congress.

Georgescu asked about the taxes and Bumbasirevic replied that they will maintain the same taxes as in Antalia. Also, he asked the national representative to suggest some important speakers to be invited to the congress. Bumbasirevic said that Air Serbia has low fees and good international connections. He offered also some brochures to present the main attractions in Serbia.

5. Georgescu called for proposals for the 2020 EFSM congress. It was proposed that Cluj, Romania should organize the 2020 Congress, followed by 2022 Italy. The proposals were voted and accepted unanimously.

6. Geuna presented the Research Committee report and proposed:

  • To organize a session in the congress.
  • Asked that every country through their representative propose activities.
  • To create networks with other scientific societies (such as TERMIS, PNS, ESPNR...) and asked the representative to propose connections to other societies.
  • To remove the EMTRA from the site. It was voted and agreed unanimously.
  • To define the official rules for EFSM endorsement to enhance European collaborative research projects. It was proposed that Geuna, Bonde, Matei and Georgescu should be the members of the Research Committee and work together to define these criteria. The proposal was voted and agreed unanimously.
  • That an European funded COST Action project on innovative microsurgical research should be developed, with the cooperation of 5-10 countries, and said that he will send the informative material.

7. Battiston presented the Clinical Committee report and said that there should be 4-5 members. He proposed: To define the guidelines and recommendations for patients. To create networks for patients suffering from different types of pathologies (replantation, etc...)To communicate to all European countries' governments the real costs for every type of surgery and to discuss the reimbursement.

Tos suggested that in the Masia's Master program could be included also other courses, by addition or replacement of one already present. Georgescu said that the EFSM should propose that and Muset proposed to evaluate all the courses organized by all the countries, then choose from them. Also, Muset proposed that Geuna should gather all this information about the courses. The proposal was voted and agreed unanimously.

8. Georgescu raised the problem of the WSRM wanting to organize a symposium in the EFSM congress and requesting money from the congress.

Georgescu noted that the EFSM is a Federation of Societies and the WSRM a society with individual members.

Battiston said he considers that it would not be reasonable to give money from the EFSM's budget to WSRM and that the problems are different in Europe versus USA. The Turkish delegates supported that.

The proposal was voted and denied unanimously.

8. The Treasure's report was presented and agreed unanimously.

9. Georgescu congratulated the Finish and Serbian Societies that were accepted as full members, after being voted and agreed unanimously.

10. Georgescu congratulated the Finish and Serbian Societies that were accepted as full members, after being voted and agreed unanimously.

11. Georgescu proposed that the next Council meeting should take place during the RSSH and RSRM Congress in Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, April 2017. The proposal was voted and agreed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 21.00 hours.