The “history” of EATES has been passing through the difficulties of the organization, qualification and specific training of the Surgical Emergency Services in Europe for the last 30 years characterized by different and sometimes conflicting policies and cultures inside the European countries, including Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union countries and around the Mediterranean area. We must remember a pre-EATES phase when an official Committee (high level Academic Surgeons) of International Congress of Emergency Surgery was working to promote the culture of Emergency Surgery and Surgical Intensive Care: biannual congresses were organized and always at a high scientific level – in Milan (Italy) in1973, Zurich (Switzerland) in 1975, Paris (France) in 1977, Barcelona (Spain) in 1979, Brighton (UK) in 1981, Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia) in 1983, Munich (Germany) in 1985, Milan (Italy) in1987, Strasbourg (France) in 1989, Lisbon (Portugal) in 1991.
The first effort to build a European Association arose during the International Conference and “Postgraduate Training and Hospital Organization for Emergency Surgery Services “ organized by the University of Pisa (Italy) on 7th November, 1992, where official delegates from the National Societies of France, Norway, Hungary, Greece, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Eire, Portugal, Spain, Poland and Italy participated. This meeting was developed under the patronage of the European College of Surgeons and of the Council of Europe, whose Secretary was chairman of the meeting. After a few months Prof. Vittorio Staudacher in Castel Ivano – University of Milan (Italy) sponsored and organized the EAES (European Association Emergency Surgery) FOUNDATION CONFERENCE, also with the participation of delegates from Russia (ex-Soviet Union), Czech Republic, Rumania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. The “Founder Patrons” Vittorio Staudacher (Milan – Italy) and Louis F. Hollender (Strasbourg – France) supported the election as President EAES of Enrico Cavina (Pisa – Italy) (1993-97).
The 1st EAES Congress was held in Oslo (Norway) in 1995. Following this event, EAES changed into EATES (European Association Trauma Emergency Surgery ), the enlarged formal participation of non-European countries was encouraged, also from ex-Soviet Union countries, North-Africa and the Middle East Mediterranean area (56 Countries enrolled , but only as formal acceptance ).
During the 1993 – 97 period EATES was present by its patronage in some important enterprises for the growth of Emergency and Trauma. Surgery policies and cultures in Europe official Conferences in Brno (Czech Republic), Moscow (Russia – Institute for Emergencies), Beograd (formal Republic of Yugoslavia), Lublin (Poland).
EATES suggested the introduction of the ATLS® courses (ACS) in many European countries and at the same time edited a “European Course Trauma Care” managed by a special EATES taskforce of young surgeons