The meetings started in the early 80s as meetings of the Boards of German speaking associations, became more international and changed into meetings of the Associations as such (with delegates, not necessarily being Board Members), regularly attended by Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Holland. After Cologne (Germany, 1993), Gmunden (Austria, 1994) and Aachen (Germany, 1995) in 1996 it took place in Zurich (Uetliberg), Switzerland, with people from Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In Zurich it was decided to once more try to invite associations from other countries.
In this regard the 1997 meeting was a great success, for the first time being this broad and representative. Unfortunately nobody from England, Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy etc. was present, although the organizers tried to invite as broad as possible.The 1997 meeting took place in Kasterlee, Belgium, from October 24-26, 1997, hosted by Stan van Asbroeck and the VCCgP in Belgium.
Stan van Asbroeck (organizer), Greet Timmermans, Jean Marc Priels (Belgium),
Hiltrud Gruber, Elisabeth Zinschitz (ÖGwG), Peter F. Schmid (APG/IPS) (Austria)
Hubert de Castelbajac (France)
Paulus Wacker (Germany)
Ioulios Iossifides (Greece)
Paul Prussen, Alfred Groff (Luxembourg)
João Hipólito (Portugal)
Vladimir Hlavenka (Slovak Republic)
Anne Wunderle (Switzerland)
Paul de Jager (The Netherlands)
(14 persons, 10 countries, 12 associations)
As was already proposed at a "lunch meeting" in Portugal on the occasion of the IVth ICCCEP, some countries, especially Germany, brought forward the idea of a European Association. Among the reasons were:
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