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News from the General Assembly 2018

ESC Congress News 2018 - Munich, Germany

Yesterday’s General Assembly began with a summary of the financial and annual report by Professor Ian Graham (ESC Secretary/Treasurer) and the good news that, despite the difficult economic and regulatory environment, results for the fiscal year 2017-2018 compare favourably with the budget and are higher than the previous year, in part due to additional congresses.

The Audit Committee Chair, Luciano Respini, highlighted important progress in the Declaration of Interest policy and provided some future recommendations, including a general review of existing ESC Statutes, which have been in place for many years, to enable the ESC “to effectively operate in today’s world and provide state-of-the art governance practice.”

ESC’s President 2016–2018, Professor Jeroen Bax, provided an overview of resolutions and results from the Ordinary General Assembly. He noted two approved resolutions that represent “important steps forward for the Society”: the creation of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) and the new Council of Cardio-Oncology. He also welcomed Uzbekistan as the 57th National Cardiac Society. Professor Fausto Pinto performed his last task as Past President (2016–2018) when he announced the results of the ESC Board 2018–2020 elections, naming Professor Stephan Achenbach as President-Elect. Prof. Bax presented Prof. Pinto with a commemorative plaque in grateful recognition of his dedication, inspiration and leadership.

Speaking of his time as ESC President, Prof. Bax said, “I have enjoyed a great ride and a fantastic adventure.” He warmly thanked members of the 2016–2018 ESC Board members for their distinguished service and honoured them with ESC Silver Medals. Prof. Bax then handed over the presidency to Professor Barbara Casadei, ESC’s President for 2018–2020. Prof. Casadei described the “emotional moment” of accepting the presidency and in her first task, presented Prof. Bax with an ESC Gold Medal in recognition of his dedication and leadership to the Society. In an inspirational address, Prof. Casadei then outlined her vision, saying, “To maintain high standards and the legacy of the present, we must continually evolve to be fit for the future.” Read more about Prof. Casadei’s plans in the article opposite.

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About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2018

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2018 takes place 25 to 29 August at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Explore the scientific programme