Later this morning I co-chaired (together with CoR SG Gerhard Stahl) the 14th bi-monthly meeting between the Secretaries-General of the EESC and the Committee of the Regions together with the Directors of the Joint Services and their respective Directors of Administration and Finance. As I never tire of pointing out, the two Committees set a good example to the other institutions by pooling their resources in a series of Joint Service (translation, logistics, IT…), thus saving the taxpayer considerable amounts of money through economies of scale. This arrangement requires a series of joint governance mechanisms, today’s meeting being one of them. As usual, we discussed a series of budgetary and other resource-related issues and, as usual, we were happy to note that the cooperation between our two institutions continues to work well – thanks in no small measure to the good will on all sides.