It is the beginning of a plenary session week. In such weeks the Committee follows a familiar rhythm: today, Directors’ meeting early in morning, followed by a ‘pre-session’ meeting of the administration, followed by a meeting of the enlarged Presidency. Tomorrow, preparatory meetings of the Bureau’s members by Group, followed in the afternoon by the Bureau meeting itself, and then on Wednesday and Thursday the plenary session. The plenary will host two VIPs. The first is László Andor, the Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion. The second is the new President of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council, Jean-Paul Delevoye. The French Council, created in the 1920s, is a sort of ‘uncle’ to the EESC as it is, indeed, to all other such Councils. Monsieur Delevoye is coming with a group of office-holders and colleagues and we are much looking forward to meeting and hosting them. Today’s preparatory meetings passed off well; the well-oiled machine is ticking over nicely.