The European Union consists of the EU-Council, representing the National governments, the EU-Parliamentand the EU Commission are as GO (governmental organisations) differentiated from many, many NGOs lobbying for their groups. European MDs in general are presented by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), whereas the UEMO stands for the GPs and Family Physicians and the UEMS (Union of the European Specialists) for the Medical Specialists.
Due to many medical Mono-Specialities UEMS as the legal entity, located in Brussels, their “daughters” are representing each Medical Specialities, called Sections and Boards.
In Cardiovascular Diseases the UEMS-Cardiology Section is responsible to link the European Cardiologists to the EU-bodies via the UEMS, with the main tasks related to CME, CPD and Professionalism, in contrast to the European Society of Cardiology, which is primarily scientific European Society with main interests in Science and Health Policy.
In 2017 the UEMS-EACCME has set up a Specialist Accreditation Committee in Cardiology (SACC) in collaboration with the UEMS Section of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The goal of SACC is the evaluation and accreditation of live educational events and e-learning materials. This Committee is made up of reviewers coming from both the UEMS Section and the ESC.
Each Section and Board is self-responsible for its budget. This will be needed predominantly to transfer informations to the delegates and to the referring organisations and to run the whole organisation. A financial support via the UEMS was never possible. So the Plenary Assembly of the UEMS-CS decided in Barcelona 1999 to collect an annual fee from each country, which is related to the number of cardiologist of the National Cardiac Society in an amount of 3€/Cardiologists for EU-Countries and 1€/Cardiologist and year for Non-EU-Countries and other associated organisations.
The payment of the annual fee gives the right to vote for elections, vice versa non-payment leads to the loose of this voting-right (see ROPs). In the last year UEMS decided to set up subaccounts of the UEMS account in BRX for fiscal reasons. It is obvious that the financial duties will be handled furthermore by the Sections and Boards but under the surveillance of the UEMS as parent organisation and official legitimate body.