19 th D-V Section meeting in Munich (Grünwald) on 7 September 1985 Delegates from all nine member countries were present. Dr Derek Freedman (Dublin) had been invited as an observer by the Chairman, Prof Meinicke, who reported his concern over the situation in West Germany with 1600 practising D-V practitioners, the pressure from overlapping specialists with the risk that we might lose Venereology and Allergology and a complaint to UEMS from plastic surgeons who felt that we performed too many operations! With this in mind, his opinion was that the sooner we formed the Academy the better! Prof Meinicke also reported the results of his groundwork for establishing the European Academy: a) There were at present no legal provisions for a true inter-European union or company b) Non-profit status was only possible if we got recognition from a local tax authority – which meant that EADV must have a ‘home’ c) That he had worked out a set of preliminary statutes for the new Academy (in German!) in colla- boration with his legal advisers. This last point gave rise to a prolonged discussion where the French delegates moved that EADV members must also be members of at least one of their own, local or national specialist organisations, to avoid competition with EADV. A two-year term of office for executive officers was suggested with staggering for the Chairman and Secretary General. These two motions were carried and would be included in the revised statutes. These were then distributed and provisionally accepted, to be confir- med at a subsequent meeting. Dr Josée Reiffers-Mettelock suggested that if Munich proved to be too complicated, we should perhaps consider registering EADV in Luxembourg with its large experience of international affairs. She also felt sure that Luxembourg could offer the necessary statutory framework. Next, Prof Meinicke gave his report of our meeting with AAD colleagues in Washington. After that the usual question about the language problems came up, since many colleagues had scant expe- rience with English. Could simultaneous translation not be considered? Answer: the cost would be prohibitive! Dr Reiffers-Mettelock gave her opinion that we should use English only, explaining that she had recently, without any problems whatsoever, arranged a conference in her hometown with English as the official and only language. The Secretary General reported that our enquiry has shown that all organisations sending delegates to our D-V Section were willing to co-operate with our plans in creating an Academy and would give us support during its initial phase of CHF5 per active member per year from 1 January 1986. The Secretary General strongly recommended that a decision on founding the EADV should be taken NOW – during our Grünwald meeting – but no decision was taken. Finally, various suggestions of a name for the new Academy were discussed. It should include both our two specialties, to avoid losing our claim for ‘sexually transmitted diseases’, which many years ago were dropped by the AAD. 20 th D-V Section meeting in Madrid on 10–12 October 1986 Shortly before the Madrid meeting I received an official letter from Dr Rüdiger Frits in which he informed us that, as of 1 June 1986, he had been elected Chairman of Berufsverband der Deutschen Dermatologen (BDD) and that he had been appointed delegate to our D-V Section, together with Prof H W Kreysel from Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). This meant that Kurt Meinicke did not any more represent the West German organisations sending delegates to our section. Consequently, and in accordance with UEMS’ rules of order, he would have to step down as chairman and retire from our committee. I was given the unpleasant task of informing him about this unhappy state of affairs, before the start of our meeting.