In 1967, the general practice associations of the then six Member States of the European Economic Community assembled in Paris to establish the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO).
With this, general practice achieved a voice throughout the Community and, in time, this would prove the political voice of general practice, both of the European Union and of Europe as a whole. At that time, general medical practice had only begun to emerge as a new central discipline of the profession, and was far from recognised in Europe.
The problems of general practice had only begun to be taken up for serious discussion. Years would pass before a sub-committee on general practice was established in the Standing Committee of European Doctors (C), and when the first directives for mutual recognition of medical credentials were adopted in 1975, no real account was taken of general practice.
It would take another decade before the UEMO struggle to fill the gap would achieve its first major success - in 1986 - with the adoption of the European Directive, guaranteeing a minimum standard of training for general practitioners in Europe.
On the 21st January 2009, UEMO acquired legal personality. The organisation's Deed of Incorporation as a non-profit under the Belgian Law was signed in Brussels by President Dr. Isabel Caixeiro and UEMO became officially known as L'Union Européenne des Médecins Omnipraticiens / Médecins de Famille, AISBL.
Presidencies of UEMO (1967-2010)
Dr. Fussen, President
Dr. Malfliet, Secretary General
Dr. Van Rijn, President
Dr. van der Leeuw, Secretary General
Dr. Lavolée,Secretary General
1983-1986 United Kingdom
Dr.Josse, Secretary General
Dr.Hoch, Secretary General
Dr. Asbiorn Jensen, President
Dr Schioler,Secretary General
Dr Laerkesen Holm,Treasurer
Dr Cormac Macnamara, President
Dr Norman Murphy, Secretary General
Dr Garret Hayes,Treasurer
Dr Larry Fullam, Deputy Secretary General
Dr Claudio Cricelli, President
Raffaella Michieli, Head of Secretariat
Dr. Lamberto Pressato, Treasurer
Ms Giovanna Lucherini, Deputy Secretary General
Dr Christina Fabian, President
Dr Carl-Eric Thors, Secretary General
Dr Benny Ståhlberg, Treasurer
Ms Elisabeth Sundström, Executive Secretary
Dr Isabel Caixeiro, President
Dr Luís Filipe Gomes, Secretary General
Dr Manuela Santos, Treasurer
Ms Carla de Sousa, Executive Secretary
Ferenc Hajnal, MD, PhD, President
Renata Papp MD, MSc, Secretary General
Sandor Balogh MD, PhD, Treasurer
Krisztina Pàl MD, MBA, Executive Secretary
Aldo Lupo, MD, President
Giuseppe Enrico Rivolta MD, Secretary General
Giuseppe Augello MD, Treasurer
Claudia Ventura PhD, Executive Secretary