A permanent seat in ECCO's general assembly is occupied by a representative of EFCCA, the European IBD patient association
(European Federation of Crohn's and Colitis Associations). In addition, ECCO is establishing cooperation with 'international
organization for inflammatory bowel diseases' IOIBD, a worldwide group of IBD experts. One of the first joint projects is a
scientific paper on 'endpoints for clinical trials in ulcerative colitis', expected to appear in 2006.
For more than 3 years now, a member of ECCO's scientific committee is part of the scientific committee of UEGW, which designs the program
of the UEGW. The program is now characterized by a strong presence of IBD lectures and fora. In addition, ECCO holds a seat in the governing
board of UEGF as an 'associate member'.