|Council of Delegates|
In the chapter history, Lord Walton described, after assuming the Presidency of the World Federation of Neurology in 1989 that he was aware that a number of regional neurological organisations responsible for organising regional conferences had been established. These included the Asian and Oceanian, the Pan-American and the Pan-Arab Congresses. Although a number of European meetings had been established no comparable Pan-European organisation existed and the Pan-European Congress was largely based on Central and Eastern European countries.
In addition, a European Neurological Society was founded, an organisation of individual members owing no specific allegiance to the national societies. After a lot of discussion and several meetings (see in the chapter history) it was agreed to formally establish an all embracing European Federation of Neurological Societies, which would have a coordinating role between the individual national bodies, but also the authority to organise congresses.
At the second Pan-European congress in 1991 in Vienna, a draft constitution was presented by Lord Walton and accepted with minor modifications. - The EFNS was born.
According to this constitution one delegate is appointed by each affiliated national society to the council of the EFNS. All major decisions of the EFNS including the election of the members of the Management Committee are made by the council, but the council will delegate the day to day management of the Federation to the Management Committee.
The Council therefore is the democratic basis of the EFNS.
By Eberhard Deisenhammer