This morning we were treated to a fascinating and very pertinent analysis by Georges Ataya, Academic Director of the Solvay School of Economics and Management, on the theme of ‘IT governance and the management board.’ The IT topic is complex and crucial for both the EESC and our sister consultative body, the Committee of the Regions (IT being one of our joint services). We have many different end-users or clients (our members, our staff, our translators, the finance department, etc) and each has a different set of needs and priorities. Under the new cooperation agreement with the CoR we have put in place joint management structures but it seems clear to me now that, in the IT sector at least, we also need some sort of horizontal strategic structure. Time for a quick summing up of the seminar and a pep talk by yours truly, a bite to eat, and then it was back down to Brussels and an evening of penance with the backlog of files and e-mails. These directors’ seminars (we’ve decided to hold three a year) are a means to get us away from the daily grind and think about more strategic administrative issues. From that point of view, this one was a rich success.