esc-90-002_hardcover_final2In the afternoon our President, Mario Sepi, presided over a meeting of what we call ‘the enlarged Presidency’. This consists of the President, the two Vice-Presidents, the three Group Presidents, and the SG. The one subject on the agenda was the Committee’s forthcoming ‘Programme for Europe’, which is designed to provide a sort of civil society manifesto in the run-up to the European Parliament elections. The enlarged Presidency seminar had met to fine tune preparations and procedures, since what the Committee is seeking to do is, by its own standards, a novelty and, in procedural terms, quite revolutionary. Like all the institutions, the EESC is finding ways to act or react swiftly, but such rapidity requires big doses of discipline and collegiality. Both were on display this afternoon.