On 27 December 2011 the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions were officially informed that, following the final external audits, they had been awarded with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and ISO 14001 certifications. The auditors found that our joint Environmental Management System fully complies with the EMAS regulation and that there are no outstanding non-conformities. Among particularly positive points highlighted by the auditors were the active involvement of staff, the strong support by management and the Committees’ determination to continue awareness campaigns addressing both working and private life. This afternoon my CoR counterpart, Gerhard Stahl, and I participated in our first EMAS Steering Committee meeting since the good news was received, for it doesn’t stop there. We are determined to keep ‘greening’ our Committees. Nevertheless, both Committees’ administrations deserve a big pat on the back; after a lot of hard work, we’ve done it!