CNA Executive Committee 2022-2026

Dilek Yalnizoglu, Turkey, Chair, EPNS Board Representative

Anne-Marie Childs, UK, Secretary, EPNS Board Representative (2024-2026)

Agnese Suppiej, Italy, Member, Elected EPNS Board Member

Monica Vasconcelos, Portugal, Member, EPNS Board Representative (2022-2023)

What is the CNA?

The Committee of National Advisers is constituted of advisers selected by the national paediatric neurology societies and associations of all European countries inside and outside the European Union (EU). Normally each country is represented by one member. The CNA has an executive group consisting of its chairperson, secretary and 3 elected members.


The CNA is a forum for mutual information, discussion and debate on matters relevant to paediatric neurology. The Committee serves as an advisory group to the European Society for Paediatric Neurology (EPNS) and as a link to the national paediatric neurology societies.

EJPN OPEN ACCESS Article: ‘The training and organisation of Paediatric Neurology in Europe’

A Special report of the European Paediatric Neurology Society & Committee of National Advisors, Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets, Dana Craiu and colleagues describe the origins of Paediatric Neurology, how it has grown and developed in the last half century and the current organisation and training in Europe.

Read Sameer Zuberi’s Editorial Commentary

Read the Open Access Article

Duty of the members of the Committee of National Advisers (CNA)

  • inform your national paediatric neurology society about all the discussion points from the CNA meeting including EPNS courses, EPNS congresses, EPNS membership benefits and fees
  • to  keep the EPNS up to date and informed every year about the:
    • number of members of your national paediatric neurology society
    • details of your national paediatric neurology society trainee members
    • the name and contacts of the President and Treasurer of your national paediatric neurology society
  • Actively promote the EPNS within your national paediatric neurology society
    • forward EPNS emails to all members of your society
    • distribute flyers on behalf of EPNS at your national paediatric neurology society meetings
    • encourage members of your national paediatric neurology society to join the EPNS

Which countries?

The CNA is intended to include representation from all countries that can be geographically accepted as European, irrespective of their relation to the EU. Countries adjacent to Europe are welcome to send representatives, although they will not have a vote on matters whose effects are restricted to Europe. Votes are rare needed in the CNA work, as discussion and debate are the important tools. In matters strictly pertaining to the EU, discussion and decisions may be limited to the representatives from the EU states.


The CNA is independent of the EPNS but is intended to work in close relation with it. While the CNA is constituted of advisers selected by the national societies, the EPNS is a society of individual members. The CNA is represented in the board of the EPNS and in its Education & Training committee by its chairperson and elected members. The EPNS is represented in the CNA by its president and other relevant persons as full members of the CNA.


The CNA does not have its own economic base nor a treasurer. No membership fees are levied. The costs of national representation are covered by the national societies. The cost of representation of the CNA in the EPNS and its committees as well as in the European Academy of Paediatrics/UEMS Section for Paediatrics and EBN is covered by the EPNS according to decisions made in the EPNS board.

Support funds

The member societies have agreed to contribute €100 per annum each to a fund run by the EPNS from which delegates from low-income (World Bank class 3 and 4) can apply for support to enable their participation in the CNA meetings. Applications need to be sent to the chairperson of the CNA at the latest 2 months before a forthcoming CNA meeting. The decision on support is made by the executive group of the CNA. Payment to the support fund from the national society Support funds can be paid by bank transfer to the following bank account:

Bank name: Merkur Bank KGaA, Bayerstrasse 33, D-80335 Munich – Germany

Account no 70130800


IBAN no: DE82701308000000088900

Please quote the ‘C N A *country name and year*’ in the bank transfer reference.