A Look Into the Future
At the turn of the millennium, the Bulletin is facing an uncertain future. The financial situation of the EPF has become difficult since, on the one hand, some conferences - due to the declining numbers of participants - are no longer able to cover costs, while, on the other hand, the cost of producing the Bulletin has increased dramatically. The latter is caused mainly by the ever-increasing number of members and the rising cost of postage and translation fees. Several proposals to reduce costs have been discussed with the result that, at least for the year 2000, only one issue of the Bulletin will be published.
As a precautionary measure, a website for the EPF has been installed on the Internet (http://www.epf-eu.org) where all rapidly changing information will be accessible. Presentations that can no longer be published in the Bulletin will also appear, albeit not in all three EPF languages. On recognizing the advantages of these latest modes of communication, it becomes very tempting to want to solve the problem of financing the Bulletin with the Societies’ fees, by doing without a bound issue altogether. At the present time, members are very much divided in their opinion. Personally, I would feel very sad if it proved necessary to abandon this mirror of European psychoanalytical thought and the opportunity to observe the course and the development of psychoanalytic scientific discussion in Europe.