This afternoon I met with my counterpart in the Committee of the Regions, Gerhard Stahl, together with the directors and deputy directors of the two Committees’ joint services (translation and logistics) and our own directors of finance and human resources. These meetings, held at regular intervals, are part of the governance mechanism that enable the two consultative Committees to pool significant quantities of their resources and hence realise important economies of scale and synergies. We take it in turns to host the meetings. This time we were hosted by the Committee of the Regions (on the wall in the picture are portraits of the Committee’s Presidents to date). As always, the meeting went well and agreement was reached on all points.