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We are pleased to announce that the CPME General Assembly today elected Dr Martin Balzan (Malta) as our Vice President.

In line with our statutes, Dr Balzan shall serve for the remainder of the current term of the Board of Directors until the end of 2024. He will oversee the policy areas of professional practice and health systems.

He replaces outgoing Vice President Dr Marily Passakiotou, who resigned following a change of rules by her national medical association. We wholeheartedly thank Dr Passakiotou for her many years of committed service to our association.

Dr Balzan said “It is an honour to be elected as Vice President of CPME and I look forward to joining the Board of Directors to serve and contribute to the needs and expectations of European doctors in policy-making.”

Dr. Balzan has been head of the Maltese delegation to CPME since 2003 and has been rapporteur for the environment since 2014, representing CPME in the Lancet Countdown initiative. His most recent contribution being the development of new, updated policies on air quality and climate change.

He has been a member of the Medical Association of Malta council since 1997, and is currently President. He also served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Medical Association (2008-2010), President UEMS section of Pneumology (2010-2022), and Secretary of the European board of Accreditation in pulmonology (2010-2014).

Dr. Balzan is the lead respiratory physician at Mater Dei Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta Medical School, and Queen Mary University of London Medical School (Barts) Malta Campus, with over 70 scientific contributions to his name, mainly on Asthma epidemiology and environmental issues.

Following today’s election, the full Board of Directors serving the term 2022-2024 is:


  • Netherlands: Dr Christiaan Keijzer


  • Ireland: Prof. Dr Ray Walley
  • France: Dr Jacqueline Rossant-Lumbroso
  • Norway: Dr Ole Johan Bakke
  • Malta: Dr Martin Balzan


  • Finland: Dr Marjo Parkkila-Harju

Immediate Past President

  • Germany: Prof. Dr Frank Ulrich Montgomery