It's incredible, but our congress in Moscow has already been held more than three months ago. And with it the General Assembly and the elections. The Executive Council had no time to breathe! Because many tasks had to be continued. And yet, we want to look at new goals and work differently than before.
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" John Lennon said. The activities have certainly helped us to grow into the work: All members of the Executive Council have taken part in conferences and meetings at European level at short notice, drafted statements, made contacts and answered questions from groups and member associations.
I would like to thank everyone: the members of the Executive Council for their commitment, the Head Office team for their reliable support, the colleagues of the different groups of EFPA and of our Member Associations for all their encouragement and suggestions. We have accepted and mastered the challenges of EFPA’s everyday life.
But everyday life is a sweet poison. In order not to get stuck in the old water, we have used the first meeting of the Executive Council in particular to redefine the work within our association, to set goals more clearly, to focus on them and to adjust them to the needs of the member associations and the need for strong political influence in Europe.
In short: We focus on less but clear goals and measures. We continuously check the process of goal achievement. We promote close cooperation between all groups and Member Associations. All in all, we set ourselves more realistic goals and do things differently. At the forthcoming meeting of the Presidents’ Council in Kyiv we will pick up the commitment for more agility and efficiency. In any case, we believe that the compass is right and that the goals and measures meet the needs of our Member Associations and the needs of a strong psychology for Europe.
Christoph Steinebach, EFPA president
November 1, 2019.