President Message

Dear EOA Members, dear friends,

With pride and great joy I invite you all to our 15th EOA Congress, which will be from 5th October to 8th October 2017 in Høje Taastrup (near Copenhagen, Denmark).

The EOA-EC, in co-operation with the organizing committee of the Danish Ostomy Association COPA, has prepared an interesting programme. COPA will set-up a special website, where you will find all the information about the Congress.

During the Congress we will stay at the Quality Hotel, Høje Taastrup, which is from Kastrup Airport to Copenhagen Central Station about 20 minutes by train and from there to Hoje Taastrup it is another 15 to 25 minutes depending on the train you take.

See: Quality Hotel Hoje Taastrup

About the programme:
Thursday 5 October.

Welcome dinner at the Quality Hotel

Friday 6 October.
After the official opening of the EOA Congress there are a number of interesting lectures.
The ostomy equipment companies have been invited and they will be present at the exhibition at the Quality Hotel.
In the afternoon, there will be a performance by the Conker Group from London.  Recommended to watch!

Saturday 7 October.
The 20/40 Focus group.

A meeting has been organised especially for the young members (aged 20-40) on Saturday morning.
We ask each EOA Association to send young members to the EOA Congress as representatives from their country.
It is most important for young people to take part in our Congress to meet others of the same age and situation and to exchange experiences, which are relevant to their age.

Meeting of the House of Delegates.
Also on Saturday morning the Meeting of the House of Delegates will take place. The agenda was sent on 9th July 2017 by our Contact Office to all EOA Associations. New candidates for the EOA-EC will be elected during this meeting. See the list of nominees for a EOA-EC function.  For some of the EC members and me it will be the last EOA Congress as they are no longer eligible for re-election.
After lunch we all will depart by bus for a visit to the city of Copenhagen, and later by boat for a short trip.

Country Reports.
Please send a report about the local activities of your association over the past three years to the EOA Webmaster and he will publish your report on the EOA website.

Next EOA Congress.
If your member association is interested in hosting the next EOA Congress in April-May 2020, please send a message to Maria Hass at our Contact Office in Germany. (

Registration EOA Congress

Below is a link to a registration form on this website where you have the opportunity to register and book accommodation.
There is also a link to the provisional programme of the Congress.

Registration Form

Programme EOA Congress 2017

Programme EOA Congress 2017 (+ travel info)

Voting procedure.
I received questions about the voting procedure, concerning proxy votes.
The EOA Constitution (see our website by clicking on the blue navigation bar “Constitution”) says the following in article 5.9:

5.9.  Full member associations unable to have delegate representation at a General Session may authorise another full member association with delegate representation to vote on its behalf on agenda issues that may come before the House of Delegates. A letter from the full member association seeking representation, stating the name of the full member association that will serve as its representative, shall be submitted to the Executive Council prior to the commencement of the meeting.

This means if you, being a Full Member Association, are not able to attend the meeting of the House of Delegates, you’ll have the possibility to ask another Full Member Association to vote for you. You have to send a signed letter, to Maria Hass at our Contact Office before the meeting of the House of Delegates starts.

Other activities.

On Saturday 10 June 2017 I was invited to the 20th anniversary of ZvezaILCO Slovenia. It was an excellent, well organized, meeting where I met many representatives from neighbouring associations of Slovenia.
It was special for me to have discussions, exchange views and ideas regarding the situation in different countries in Europe during a workshop being led by Renate Battas, a stoma care nurse in Slovenia.

ECET Congress in Berlin
The Board of the European Council of Enterostomal Therapy invited me to attend their Congress in Berlin, Germany on 20 June 2017 where I gave a presentation on the work of EOA. Foto.  On Wednesday morning 21 June 2017, I took part in the so called “round table” meeting about the situation for ostomates in Europe.

It was nice to meet the President of ECET, Mrs. Gabriela Kroboth and many other stoma care nurses from all over Europe. I invited the President of ECET to attend our Congress in October 2017.
On behalf the EOA-EC I express the wish that all of you will come to our Congress and I hope to meet you there in October in Høje Taastrup, Denmark.

Best wishes,
Ria Smeijers,
Rijssen, the Netherlands.
13 July 2017