The General Assembly of the EACPR is held twice a year during the ESC Congress and the EuroPRevent Congress. It is an open session where the congress delegates and more specifically the EACPR Members are invited to attend to get updated on latest achievements and to share their views on how the Association operates. The last General Assembly took place on 1st September 2008 in Munich and at this occasion, Prof. David Wood, EACPR President, introduced the new Board of the Association for 2008-2010 following the elections of the Executive Officers and Nucleus Board Members earlier this year. Prof. Stephan Gielen, Treasurer, presented a report outlining major sources of income and expenses of the Association, but also made a call for action to improve its financial situation through sponsored educational courses, supplements to the journal and finally, by selling exhibition space and satellite symposia during the EuroPRevent congress. Prof. Luc Vanhees, Secretary, proposed some amendments to the EACPR Constitution, mainly the creation of a Nominating Committee, a new election process for the sections and the creation of Board Committees. These changes will be ratified during the next EACPR General Assembly to be held on Saturday 9 May in Stockholm. Prof. Pantaleo Giannuzzi and Prof. Diederick Grobbee, co-Editors in Chief of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EJCPR), reported back on what has been achieved in the past year and what they are aiming for to improve the visibility of the journal and raise its impact factor. Prof. David Wood presented the strategic plan for the next two years and its underlying principles of bringing together the expertise of the six main sections into Board Committees responsible for flagship projects and of supporting all aspects of the ESC prevention and policy agenda. Prof. Joep Perk, Chair of the Congress Programme Committee for EuroPRevent 2009 Stockholm, outlined the scientific programme with great enthusiasm and updated the audience on the innovative ideas which will be implemented for the 2009 congress. Concluding remarks included a call for session proposals for pre-arranged sessions for the ESC Congress in Barcelona and a reminder on upcoming educational courses. A few questions were asked by the audience and the General Assembly was adjourned.
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