six member states (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, West Germany and Italy) felt that they needed a united representation in Brussels to negotiate with and advise the EEC Commission. Therefore, the Union Europeénne des Médecins Spécialistes/European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) was founded on 20 July 1958 “by the national, professional organisations of the member countries of the EEC, grouping together specialists without regard to their field, their mode of prac- tice or their legal situation”. The executive officers and headquarters were placed in Brussels and a Board consisting of one or two representatives from the medical organisations and/or associations of each of the original six member countries convened when the need arose. EADV would become a direct spin-off from the activities of the Dermato-Venereological (D-V) Section of UEMS. Quite soon specialty sections of UEMS were set up. According to Article 13 of the UEMS Statutes, their aim was: “to study the problems raised by the Treaty of Rome concerning the definition, trai- ning, qualifications and the exercise of the profession in that particular specialty.” From 1962 this included a D-V Section, which for the first 18 years was chaired by Prof Bernard Duperrat (Paris) with Dr Hubert Delune (Brussels) as Secretary General. Amongst other tasks, our section had carried out a questionnaire among European dermatologists (Questionnaire D7614) which revealed that the differences in the training of D-V specialists within the EEC member countries were, as late as 1980, to say the least, very considerable! With free movement of labour that would surely be problematic. It is important to recognise that the organisations which send delegates to UEMS and our section mostly represent practising specialists rather than academic and/or scientific associations. Thus, the primary interest of UEMS is within the fields of harmonisation of laws governing the training of phy- sicians and the practice of medicine. Although the delegates were elected both by the national, aca- demic/scientific dermatology societies and/or the D-V organisations of private practitioners, the aim and work of our section never crossed into the territory covered by the existing scientific societies. My involvement Denmark, Ireland and the UK joined the EEC in 1973, but the Danes did not send a delegate (Prof J Sondergaard) to the D-V Section meetings until its 13 th meeting, held in Cologne, West Germany in November 1978. French was the official language of the organisation since its inception and its mostly French and Belgian old-timers felt that this made paperwork more precise and easier to deal with! Their view was not shared by the new members, but their request for the addition of English as an official language met with little understanding. I presume this had something to do with the fact that Prof Sondergaard declined to go to its meetings. 14 th D-V Section meeting in The Hague on 13 October 1979 In the meantime, as I had become Chairman of the Danish Dermatological Society, I offered to go ins- tead to the 14 th meeting as the only Danish delegate. I do not remember too much of the proceedings except that in order to “put Denmark on the map” I suggested that the following meeting could be held in Copenhagen. This was immediately accepted, partly I think because most of the other partici- pants had already done their bit. I think they were delighted to have a break. Setting up a satisfactory committee meeting, after all, does take some time! 15 th D-V Section meeting in Copenhagen on 27 September 1980 Ten delegates representing eight EEC countries attended. We were lucky in being allowed to have our meeting in the beautiful Board rooms of the Danish Medical Association. Their offices are located in one of the few remaining, rambling Copenhagen ‘Town Houses’, where in former times wealthy landowners took up residence during ‘the Season’. With an atmosphere of the television drama series “Upstairs, Downstairs” and all that! For instance, in the library there is a large fireplace, where the former owners could roast chestnuts and drink champagne in the evenings, after having been to the nearby Royal Theatre.