The digitalization of work and social life, concerns about the sustainable use of our resources, violations of human rights: Ignorance leads to stress, exclusion, poverty, limitation of fundamental civil rights. Ignorance would really be life-threatening. There have always been societal problems. However, there is something different today: there is no test version, there is no time to discuss the lessons learned. Because we are experiencing an emergency and, as psychologists, have to help.
With concern we see that many of these difficult developments directly affect psychology. But we can also state with confidence that psychology reduces risks and enables good solutions. This was demonstrated by many of the lectures and symposia at ECP in Moscow. And last but not least, the winners of the EFPA awards stand for a psychology that provides answers to these pressing questions. This view of psychology was also made clear in our press releases on the "World Theme Days". Our Austrian colleagues have put it in a nutshell in their current campaign: Psychology helps!
Many initiatives of our groups sharpen the profile of psychology towards politics. At the same time, the cooperation of the groups and the member associations within our association provides a good basis for further sharpening this profile: The European Semester, the News Magazine and the cooperation via WorkPlace promote internal dialogue. Outwards, we make it clear that psychology stays "on the ball" through cooperation with our partners, through our commitment to EuroPsy and through work in various EU horizon projects. Our General Assembly in Moscow was a turning point towards a strongly goal-oriented management oriented to the concerns of the member associations and the expertise and needs of the volunteers in our groups. Everyone's commitment to our federation and to psychology is impressive. Now it is a matter of keeping our goals in view jointly, supporting each other and advancing psychology for Europe together.
It' s time to say thank you! I thank you all for your commitment to our organisation and its concerns. With your commitment, you will ensure that psychology keeps the ball rolling in the coming years and will make an important contribution to solving current problems! I wish you and your families and friends a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year! I am looking forward to seeing you again in 2020! All the best!
Christoph Steinebach, EFPA President