Just one week to go now until we welcome our new members to the Committee; remember, 102 members, almost a third of our 344 full complement, will be new to the Committee and, many of them, new to the European Union, the institutions and ‘Brussels’. This afternoon I chaired a last coordination meeting of the task force we have set up to make sure that we introduce the new members to the Committee and to its administration in optimal fashion. The leitmotif throughout has been ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’. Judging from this afternoon’s meeting, we should need no second chance. Everything is falling into place and the good efforts of the many colleagues involved are paying off. We may be a very small administration (smaller than virtually all Commission Directorates-General, for example) but we do big things, and we do them well.