The discussion started in 1994 besides the Annual Meeting of the German Association of Endocrine Surgeons (CAEK – discussion round under the auspices of Blackwell Publisher – “Acta Chirurgica Austriaca – European Surgery” on the necessity of a European Journal on Endocrine Surgery).
It was intensified in Vienna on August 18, 1999 besides the meeting of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons [IAES] - International Surgical Week. 27 representatives of 18 European countries discussed the topic “Is A European Association Of Endocrine Surgeons Worthwhile? The Importance of Scientific Associations and Journals in the New Millennium”: Representatives of Middle and South European countries were for, Scandinavians against the efforts to start a society in 2000. A cooperative scientific study group in endocrine surgery was founded.
However, during the BAES meeting in Pisa in April 2002, several national representatives discussed the actual situation concerning the foundation of a new “European Society of Endocrine Surgeons” once more.