Minutes of the BANTAO General Assembly
Antalya, 21st November 2009
The meeting was chaired by, Prof. Basci (President Elect of the BANTAO and
Founding Board Member), Prof. L. Djukanovic Prof. Polenakovic and Prof. Nenov
(Founding Board Members). The agenda of the meeting included:
1. Report from the President of the 9th BANTAO Congress
2. Report from the Deputy-Editor of the BANTAO Journal
3. Election of new Editor of the BANTAO Journal
4. Proposal and approval of the BANTAO Statute
5. Approval of the Venue and President of the 10th BANTAO Congress
1. The President of the 9th BANTAO Congress and President of BANTAO, Prof. Ali
Basci introduced the statistics of the 9th BANTAO, saying that there were 50
Lectures in Round Table Discussions and CME Course, 6 Keynotes lectures in 8
sessions of Oral Presentations and 2 Poster Sessions. The number of abstracts
submitted was the highest of all BANTAO meetings, accounting to 241. submitted
abstracts has been summitted. Each one of these Abstracts has been were sent
to 8 different international reviewers, and after assesment of the submitted
scores by the reviewers 19 abstracts have been were rejected, and considering
also the preferance of the submitters 52 of these abstracts presented as oral
presentation and 150 abstracts were presented as posters. The number of
registered attendants were 744 and came from 13 countries. There were 549 from
Turkey. Highest numbers of participants other than host country are were from
Serbia (59), R. of Macedonia (29), Greece(27), Bulgaria(22), Croatia(20),
Slovenia(13). The audience applauded congratulating Prof. Bacsi for organizing
a very successful congress.
2. Prof. Basci asked Prof. G. Spasovski to report on matters of the BANTAO
journal and praised Goce for the good work he has been doing to keep the
journal going and improving. Prof. Spasovski said that the journal has been
moving to the right direction and, although the application he had submitted
to get the journal listed in the Index Medicus was not successful, he felt
that this target could be achieved in the near future and asked for support
and submission of good quality papers to be submitted in for publication in
the BANTAO journal.
3. Prof. Basci moved on to the next item of the agenda and stated that he will
step out as Editor of the BANTAO journal and proposed that Prof. Goce
Spasovski should be the new Editor, because he is the most qualified person.
He also said that although he was the Editor, Goce was the real force that
kept the journal going on. Dr. D. Tsakiris seconded Prof. Basci’s proposal and
by unanimous vote the Assembly accepted Prof. Spasovski as the new Editor of
the journal, who proposed the appointment of two deputy-editors. The assembly
authorized the new editor to proceed contacting colleagues who would feel and
accept to work as debuty editors.
4. Next, Prof. Basci introduced the Statute of the BANTAO, article by article,
commenting on the importance and necessity to have as a society a constitution
ratified, the preparation of which started in 2002 by Dr. Ch. Stathakis and
was completed by time consuming exchange of ideas by the current Board of
BANTAO after the last meeting in Beograd. After the presentation there were
several points raised by participating members in the Assembly.
Dr. Oreopoulos pointed out that in the composition of the Board members there
was no treasurer included, and suggested that the secretary could act as
treasurer also or the BANTAO representative in Varna (where the registered
address of BANTAO will be) should be a member of the Board. This suggestion
was seconded by Prof. A. Covic, who also proposed that the membership fee
should be increased from 20 to 50 euro. Prof. Basci replied that the financial
state of BANTAO was close to zero and suggested, for the time being, to leave
this point as it is, and if the BANTAO property increases in the future we may
consider changing this article of the Statute. He put Prof. Covic’s proposal
to vote and the Assembly unanimously voted that the membership fee should be
increased to 50 euro.
Dr. Tsakiris pointed out that in the aim of the association should be defined
that “the collaboration of scientists and health professionals…” should be of
Balkan countries instead of “… Balkan cities”. He also added that the Statute
at its present form was prepared to tailor the needs and circumstances of
BANTAO at the present, and he is agreeable to consider naming a treasurer in
the Board at a later stage, providing that the constitution describes the
procedures required to change or add articles of the Statute, which he missed
during the presentation of the articles by Prof. Basci.
Prof. Dimkovic suggested that it would be a good idea to link the future
prospect of BANTAO to the support of National Societies of Nephrology in
Balkan countries and there should be sort of representation of Balkan
countries in the composition of the Board. Prof. Covic seconded this, and
proposed that it would be more democtratic that some members of the Board
should be elected by the BANTAO members, instead of been nominated in a fixed
manner by the constitution.
Prof. Basci, seconded by Prof. Nenov, proposed to leave the term “cities” as
it is to avoid political frictions between countries in the Balkans. Prof.
Spasovski reassured the Assembly that in the constitution there is a clause
defining that in order to proceed to constitutional changes it is required ‘’…
a two third majority of present votes at the time that changes are proposed”.
He also said that BANTAO has been open to scientists of all Balkan countries
and there has been an open discussion with colleagues from all countries and
it is a matter of time that they will appear in the scene of executive bodies.
Dr. Oreopoulos proposed that, despite imperfections in the Statute, it is
mandatory to vote and have a constitution for BANTAO after many efforts of
years without it. Dr. Tsakiris seconded this constractive proposal. However,
Prof. Covic insisted that in the composition of the Board should be included
members elected by vote, without disputing his respect for past presidents of
BANTAO. Dr. Oreopoulos proposed to go ahead and ratify by vote the Statute as
it is in its present form, which was done and there was a unanimous approval
by the Assembly.
5. Prof. Basci moved to the last item of the agenda and proposed that the next
venue of the BANTAO Congress should be Greece, and asked if there was a
positive response from Greek collegues. Dr. Tsakiris said that he was asked by
the BANTAO Board to replace Dr. Ch. Stathakis after his serious illness in the
Board. He was informed then that there had been discussions and an agreement
that the next venue will be Greece. Dr. Tsakiris informed the Hellenic Society
of Nephrology about this proposal and they approved that he could replace Dr.
Stathakis and claim the next venue of the BANTAO congress. Dr. Tsakiris
concluded that he would be honored to organize the next meeting in
Thessaloniki. The Assembly approved unanimously the proposal that the next
BANTAO Congress will be organized in Thessaloniki by Dr. Tsakiris.
Dr. Covic asked permission to speak and came back to the issue of the
composition of the Board. He said that now that the next President of the
Congress was elected it appears that the Board now is consisted by Prof. A.
Basci, as President of the Society, by Prof. G. Utas as Secretary, by Dr.
Tsakiris as President of the next Congress and President Elect of the Society,
Prof. Spasovski as Editor of the BANTAO Journal, and questioned who is the 5th
(?) member of the Board. He stressed that it was mandatory, since we are in
the process of ratifying the constitution of BANTAO, that the composition of
its Board should be clear.
Dr. Tsakiris said that he can understand the good point raised by Prof. Covic,
but the constitution had just been ratified by a unanimous vote by the
Assembly to stay as it is, and therefore, in effect was operational. Prof.
Covic agreed to that comment. Dr. Tsakiris continued saying that the
constitution does not define that the number of the Board members should be
five (5). It defines that it is consisted by the four members mentioned by
Prof. Covic, plus …” the Past Presidents of the Association”. This clause
contains an apparent drawback as the number of past presidents will be
increasing in the future. The number of the Board members should be limited to
a certain number which could be decided by discussion and change in the near
future. Until then, Dr. Tsakiris proposed that the Past Presidents who were
chairing the General Assembly, namely, Prof. Djukanovic, Prof. Polenakovic and
Prof. Nenov could also be included as members in the current Board. This
proposal was accepted by a unanimous vote by the Assembly forming a Board
consisting of eight seven members, namely, Prof. Basci, Prof. G. Utas, Dr.
Tsakiris, Prof. Spasovski, Prof. Djukanovic, Prof. Polenakovic, and Prof.
Nenov. and Prof. Nesic.
After this Prof. Basci concluded the General Assembly.