This morning I accompanied EESC President Staffan Nilsson to a conciliation meeting with the Committee’s trades union representatives. As an economic and social committee surely should, we regard trades unions as important components in the democratic structure of the Committee’s administrative life.┬áToday, the subject of the conciliation meeting was a reform to the Committee’s promotion system. The discussions revolved around technicalities that relate to important issues. The discussions were polite and respectful and all sides laid out their arguments well.