ECCH celebrates 20 years of representing homeopaths in Europe
At its 19th Annual General Meeting, held in the beautiful city of Helsinki Finland, ECCH celebrated 20 years of its existence and status as the established professional platform for homeopathy practitioners in Europe. Kindly hosted by the Finnish National Association of Homeopaths, Suomen Homeopaatit Ry, the Council met over four days and enjoyed a programme of formal and informal meetings and celebrations.
On Saturday afternoon the Council meeting was joined by Sirpa Pietikäinen, (centre photo) Member of the European Parliament representing the Finnish National Coalition Party. After listening to two short presentations, one from ECCH Chairman Petter Viksveen (far right of MEP) on the history of ECCH and one from ECCH General Secretary Stephen Gordon (right of MEP) on the place of homeopathy and complementary medicine in Europe, Sirpa Pietikäinen responded with her thoughts on the current state of health and healthcare in the EU.
She congratulated the Council on its work and invited the Finnish representatives and the ECCH officers to continue to maintain contact with her for future work in developing an agenda for a more integrated and holistic healthcare agenda for EU citizens. The Chairwoman of the Finnish Association Irmeli Lehtioksa (left of MEP) thanked Sirpa Pietikäinen on behalf of everyone for having taken the time off from her busy schedule to attend the meeting and assured her of future contact.
Note: ECCH began when a handful of national association representatives from 5 countries met for the first time in Baarn in the Netherlands in June 1990. A decision was taken at that very first meeting to form a pan-European council to represent the homeopathy profession in Europe. 20 years later, one of those original founders, Stephen Gordon, is still serving as the appointed General Secretary of ECCH. The Council itself now has a membership of 27 national associations in 24 different countries in Europe.
Third EU Homeopathy Day Celebration Takes Place in the European Parliament 23 March 2010
100 million EU citizens, some 29% of the EU’s population, use homeopathic medicines in their day-to-day healthcare, accessing it either through the purchase of over-the-counter medicines or through consultation with one of the tens of thousands of doctors and practitioners who provide homeopathic treatment professionally.
The continuing rise in homeopathy’s popularity is due to the simple fact that, for many, many patients, it works for them and their health problems. Hence the title of this year’s event Homeopathy – because it works for me!