With apologies to Hugo of New York (he likes that), I am illustrating the Enlarged Presidency again with Howard Taft and will continue to do so until I receive a better suggestion. On the substance, the EESC’s Enlarged Presidency met this morning to discuss a rich political agenda, including budgetary issues and working methods. The Enlarged Presidency consists of the President, the two Vice-Presidents and the three Group Presidents and its serves as a preparatory body for the Committee’s main decision-making body, the Bureau. The atmosphere was excellent and the meeting very constructive. There are times when I come out of meetings thinking better progress could have been made. Today, on a series of potentially thorny issues, much progress was made and the EESC’s Secretary General was a happy bunny.