In the evening a small party was held to celebrate the civil society prize with representatives of the three winning organisations as our honoured guests (in the picture, the winners, together with the President, the Swedish and Portugese permanent representatives and the EESC members who sponsored the winning entries). Such events are real ‘feel good’ events. Our guests were clearly elated to see all of their good and hard work honoured, and our members were delighted to be honouring some of the many civil society organisations that the Committee’s membership in effect represents.