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.
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
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.
European Academy of Paediatrics/UEMS Section for Paediatrics
In this European Union related organisation paediatric neurology is represented by the chairperson of the CNA together with the president of the EPNS.
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.
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
BIC code: GENODEF1M06
IBAN no: DE82701308000000088900
Please quote the ‘C N A *country name and year*’ in the bank transfer reference.