Royal receptionThis morning I accompanied EESC President Staffan Nilsson and Vice-President Anna Maria Darmanin to the Belgian Royal Palace for the King’s annual New Year’s reception for the Presidents, Vice-Presidents and high-ranking officials in the EU institutions or those working with them. Once everybody has been presented individually to the King and Queen the guests assemble for an aperitif while the King and the Queen talk more privately with the Presidents of the main institutions and other selected guests. I am therefore proud to show you, in the photograph, our Vice-President, Anna Maria Darmanin, together with the new Maltese Commissioner, Tonio Borg, talking with Queen Paola. More generally, as I have written in previous posts on the topic, the royal reception is an excellent occasion to catch up on contacts and to ‘network’.