I chaired another meeting of our renewal task force this morning. Thanks to my super Anna and the skill and commitment and good will of all colleagues involved these meetings are a joy to chair. We began with the latest statistics. According to the Treaty, the member states’ proposals are approved by the Council after it has consulted the European Commission. Twenty-four of the twenty-seven member states have sent their proposals to the Council. On the basis of those proposals, ninety of the Committee’s 344 members will be new as of October, which is a twenty-six per cent turnover rate. Having a quarter of membership entirely new to the institution will be a challenge, but the overall statistics hide some big variations. In the case of one member state there will be no change at all. In the case of another delegation, only two out of nine members will be the same.