Finance Committee    
  Personal Remarks

Jes Olesen already mentioned in his presidential report that "the financial footing of the organisation was terribly weak“. He further mentioned that he had excellent relations to pharmaceutical companies in the field of migraine, that new drugs for migraine were at that time pouring into the market and that a company provided a generous start-up grant.
Werner Hacke and Detlef Kömpf, the two treasurers I followed in 2001, had indeed a hard job. But after the Rome Congress in 1996 the financial situation of the EFNS consolidated more and more. The time had come to think about future plans and educational and scientific activities increased: Regional teaching courses, the Academy for young neurologists, the Department-department programme, fellowships, task forces, guidelines and many other projects could be financed.
The Vienna head office, which was initially located in a hospital and shared the rooms with the Austrian Neurologic society expanded and had to be relocated into a building at the old University campus. Even this location was not longer acceptable after a while and the Society purchased its own office including 4 working spaces, the presidential room, and a big meeting room with a capacity of up to 30 persons.
In addition I could convince the MC and the council to set aside enough money to proceed with all the EFNS activities for 3 years even with low ore no income.
We were at the point that I gave over the office to David B Vodušek in a very solid situation and future plans could be followed.

  Eberhard Deisenhammer, Austria
Finance Committee: 2001-2003

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