The European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) is a non-profit organisation of the most representative national, nongovernmental, independent organisations representing general practitioners in the countries of Europe.

Founded in 1967 by the national organisations in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Italy, the Union quickly grew to encompass organisations from all the current Member States of the European Union as well as from the countries of the European Free Trade Association and other European countries.

Presidency and Secretariat

The Presidency and Secretariat function of the UEMO rotates from member organisation to member organisation on a four-yearly basis. Starting in Belgium, the host organisation for UEMO moved to The Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Sweden.

On 1st January 2023 the Portuguese Delegation assumed the Presidency and Secretariat function for the period 2023-2026.

The Presidency of UEMO consists of the President, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer from the host country. In addition, four Vice-Presidents are attached to the Presidency.

The order of rotation of the Presidency and Secretariat is decided by the General Assembly.

The four Vice-Presidents are also elected for a four-year term of office and are not re-eligible.

The President, Secretary-General and Treasurer are responsible for implementing the decisions of the UEMO General Assembly, preparing meetings of the General Assembly, conducting the daily work of UEMO, and maintaining contacts between UEMO and the relevant European authorities, the Standing Committee of European Doctors and other international organisations.

The Vice-Presidents are responsible for advising and assisting the Presidency in planning and analysing UEMO work and policy and, at the request of the President, representing UEMO at international meetings and on other occasions. Except by special dispensation, all political officers of UEMO must be general practitioners active in medical practice.

UEMO Board 2023-2026

Tiago Villanueva (Portugal)

Tiago studied medicine at the University of Lisbon, in Portugal, having graduated in 2005 and subsequently completed his general practice / family medicine specialist training in 2011. As a trainee, he was a member of WONCA's Vasco da Gama Movement Image Group.

as a locum family physician across the Greater Lisbon area (2011-2013) and works since 2017 as a Family Physician at Reynaldo dos Santos Family Health Unit, near Lisbon, and has been a Family Medicine trainer since 2018.

He has represented Secção Regional Sul da Ordem dos Médicos (Southern Portugal branch of the Portuguese Medical Association) in UEMO since 2011 and has been Head of delegation since 2014 and Vice-President of UEMO since January 2019.

He has previously worked in the United Kingdom as BMJ Clegg Scholar (2004), editor of the studentBMJ (2005), Editorial registrar of The BMJ (2013-2014), Assistant Editor of The BMJ (2014-2016), and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Acta Médica Portuguesa (the scientific journal of the Portuguese Medical Association) and Associate Editor of The BMJ and BMJ Open.

Patrick Ouvrard (France)

General practitioner since 1985 in a group practice in Angers, France.

Training in General Medicine, Pediatrics, Tropical Medicine and Aeronautical and Space Medicine. Engaged in the teaching of Students in General Medicine.

Vice President of the Therapeutic Training Society of the Generalist in France, in charge of communication and of Department of Medical Anthropology.

Interests: family medicine, continuing medical education, medical anthropology, quaternary prevention, family violence.

Vesna Pekarović Džakulin (Slovenia)

Vesna studied medicine at the Medical Faculty of University in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She graduated in 2001 and became a specialist physician in family medicine in 2009 and a specialist physician in occupational, sport and traffic medicine in 2015. She works at the Diagnostic Center of Šentjur where she holds the position of a professional manager. She has finished studies in health management and was the President of the Primary Health Care Committee of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia in the years 2016-2020. In the year 2020, she became the vice president of UEMO. 

She is a member of the department of family medicine of the Medical Faculty of University in Ljubljana and a member of the executive board of the Association of Family Physicians.

She is the vice-president of the section for management in health care at the Slovenian Medical Association. She is particularly interested in the areas of motivational interviewing, medical hypnosis, sleep-disordered breathing, return to work and pain management. She is very active in the field of safety in traffic and is a member of the board of the NGO »Zavod varna pot«. For several years she has been part of the organizing committee of the international learning workshops for mentors in family medicine EURACT in Bled.

Branka Lazić (Serbia)

Graduated at Medicine Faculty of the University of Belgrade  in 1986; completed  internship at the Clinical Hospital center Dr. Dragiša Mišović in Belgrade during 1987;After completing the internship finished the Course in Social Pediatrics in 1988 and started working very quickly

in the Stari Grad Health Center, where gained experience in Home Services treatment, occupational medicine clinics, school dispensaries and general medicine ambulances. Completed  specialization in General Medicine in 2001 with with an excellent grade. Received the title of primarius in 2014.

Mentor for the practical part of the specialist internship in general medicine since 2008 by decision of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, member of EURACT since 2008.

In 2008, sheattended Modules for strengthening the capacity of health management in Health Centers as part of the DILS Project.Served as vice president for state practice of the Regional Medical Chamber of Belgrade from 2014 to 2022, and she is  a member of the Special Committee for Primary Health Care of the Medical Chamber of Serbia. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Gazette of the Medical Chamber of Serbia from 2012 to 2015.

Member of the Scientific Board of the General Medicine Section of the Serbian Medical Association since 2016.

External evaluator in the Agency for Accreditation of Health Institutions since 2017, and an Expert supervisor for primary health care of the Ministry of Health since 2019;Delegate in the UEMO Assembly since 2016, when the Medical Chamber of Serbia became its member.

Peter Holden

Pedro Fonte

Catarina Matias

Marie-Christine BONNAMOUR

Júlia de Sousa