Congress moved to 2022

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Dear friends and members of EOA,

On behalf of EOA and FAIS I welcome you to the town of Garda which is situated in beautiful surroundings at the Garda Lake close to Verona in northern Italy.  This will be the venue for the 16th EOA congress.  As theme for the congress we have chosen:  FROM EXPERIENCE TO SOLUTIONS. 

The EOA-EC and FAIS have together prepared an inspiring program for the congress.  I am sure that you will find this most interesting and stimulating for your work at home. 

But as we have been struggling since early 2020 with the Covid 19 pandemic I urge you all to to take good care to be vaccinated if possible.  And if the authorities in Italy demand that we show some proof there of please make sure that you can provide one.

Further information and updates on the congress will be published on the EOA website. So please have a look into it from time to time.

I hope to see as many of you as possible. Whether you come from Europe, the Middle East or Africa your presence will be much appreciated.  Guests from other parts of the world are of course also welcome.


Jon Thorkelsson

President of EOA

Dear friends and members of EOA,

We are delighted to welcome you to the European Congress. It will feature highly respected speakers who will share, discuss and debate significant new issue in ostomy fields.

As host association we are very happy to have the representatives of the ostomy associations from all over Europe. We are living a unique historical moment that must make us think about the future. I am convinced that the congress will be an occasion to share experiences. We need to start from these to build a world for all.

The point of view of all the participants is particularly important in this congress because it will let us know how ostomates have lived the COVID19 period: their fears, their hopes and those of the caregivers.

We look forward to welcoming you in Garda. We hope you will join us to make European Conference a memorable event. 

Italy is waiting for you! 


Pier Raffaele Spena

President of FAIS